Rare Vintage Spanish Brass Bronze Signal/Other Cannon 15" Barrel Hand Made Parts

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Seller: nostalgic*treasures*and*antiques..delks (1,270) 100%, Location: Indianapolis, Indiana, Ships to: US & many other countries, Item: 254004469436 Ornate Brass Signal or Ceremonial Cannon Spanish Conquistador StylingRemarkable Collector's PieceFrom Noted Cuban Family's EstateLarge Gold Tone Finish Brass BarrelThis is a sand cast Brass, Hand Polished"Prince's Metal" "Prince Rupert's Metal"Approx: 15" Barrel, 4.25 lbs 20" Total Length 7" H, 11" WTotal Weight is Approx 11.5 PoundsJust Reduced! Very Rare Spanish Style Signal or Decorative Cannon from noted Cuban family's estate. You will not likely find another like it. It is detailed & striking. Most, if not all of the metal parts are hand fashioned, including the neat dragon head cannon arm holds. Conquistador on barrel is in raised relief. We have had it looked at by three metalworkers and a metallurgist and they say it is hand made. The barrel is a sand cast brass with hand polishing & likely antique from their consideration. Large bore brass barrel, measures 14.75" & weighs 4.25 lbs. Gun powder & cloth blocking came out of it when we held barrel upside down, but we have not tested it nor can we say it has been used or fired. The wick hole is in back end of barrel verses the top. The barrel is not 100% smooth bore, so most likely this was just made for a powder blast effect, not for projectiles. It still has rough sand cast finish inside. The barrel was tested by a metal specialist whose metallurgy machine determined it is a rare brass consisting of approx: 75% Copper, 25% Zinc. This is a special cast metal known as Prince Rupert's Metal or Brass after it's discoverer. The high gold tone brass is very tarnish resistant & resembles gold. See notes: "Rupert (1610-1682) invented a new brass alloy, ... involving three parts copper, one part zinc, combined with charcoal: this became known as Prince's Metal in his honour, sometimes called Bristol Brass. Rupert invented the alloy in order to improve naval artillery, but it also became used as replacement for gold decorations." from The Diary of Samuel Pepys 17th Century Diary. Anyway, the gold tone brass against dark wood & iron make this one almost jump off the table. This was from the estate of former Miss Cuba 1959, Irma Buesa Mas. Her Father was the famous Cuban poet Jose' Buesa. The family left Cuba after the Communist take over & moved throughout Spain, El Salvador, Santo Domingo & other. This may have been acquired in those travels, but they could have owned it prior to leaving Cuba. The cannon was among estate items dated as far back as the 1400's (15th Century) & art works, artifacts & other items worth into the tens of thousands of dollars. But not sure on the exact age of the cannon. They were very selective collectors. 2 other smaller, more simple cannons that accompanied this one at sale were nearly identical to a cannon that sold for $400 or so on eBay a while back, but we did not acquire them. Due to its rarity, there was no way for me to find an example to compare it to. This may have been hand made for a noted dignitary (such as the owner's family), a ranking military officer or prominent citizen & perhaps that is why it is more ceremonial or decorative in appearance. The metal work on piece appears to be largely hand worked. You can view multiple pictures taken for your consideration. It is very solid. The metal fashions on wheels, and stand all appear to be iron or similar alloy, even the nails. There is one pin hold missing on one wheel, and the pin holds for dragon head arms are missing, and one metal wheel hold on back of wheel is missing some peg nails. All of these can be easily replaced without effecting the unique quality of the item & it displays perfectly as is. Please do your own research & only purchase based on such. We have given you all the information we have on the item. Feel free to ask questions. We ship with extreme care! Of course there is free local pick up and we can meet to assist if you are near Indianapolis or driving through. We do this often. We require signature confirmation on most items above $100, unless you request otherwise. Also, we have discounts with FedEx & eBay on shipping which do not always show up in eBay estimates on shipping. We try to refund what we can when there is a notable difference, but we do not know until we actually run shipping. Please follow our store if you love rare antiques, primitives and collectibles of many types. We scour the land for the rarest and neatest of items for our Buyers who love them. We offer everything from rusty industrial to fine art by renowned US and foreign artists. We have Americana, Antique advertising, Salesmen samples, Oil Paintings & sculptures by noted artists, Farm Primitives, Antique lighting fixtures and Aladdin lamps, militaria, sports memorabilia and much, much more. We usually have about 400 items in various price ranges from $5 to $15K+, but our inventory changes almost daily. We have sold to Hollywood, Corporate Executives & CEO's, Resorts, B& B's & Museums, but mostly to people who simply love rare and nifty items. It is our honor to offer these treasures to you. Please note our feedback & Buy with confidence. We offer premium quality items and provide lots of pictures (we count on our detailed photos to assist with describing the treasure) to assist you. Our packing is top notch (often taking 30 minutes to over an hour on delicate items). We exhaust ourselves to get your new treasure safely home. ** See my positive comments from other buyers - I'm a longtime Seller in GOOD standing. Rest assured that what you will receive is EXACTLY what is shown and detailed in this listing. Condition: See comments & pictures., Primary Material: Brass, Maker: Craftsman

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