18th Century Cannon


This is a custom crafted approximately 1:15 scale solid bronze cast cannon, complete with mermaid embellishments, set on a hand made wooden naval carriage.

The cannon is cast whole. It is not fully bored and is non-operational. This cannon is meant to be used as an art accent piece.

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This cannon is modelled after a 12-pdr bronze cannon cast by the Verbruggen family in England in 1780. The actual cannon weighed 21 hundredweight (2352 pounds) and was 6’6” long. This model cannon weighs about 330 grams when cast and it is about 5.5 inches long.

I’m not kingly enough to put King George’s crest and coat of arms on the cannon. So instead, I attached mermaids to the cannon. They add some perspective as embellishment was typically added to old bronze cannons.

To cast the cannon I first made a wax model from a solid 7/8 inch diameter wax tube that was 6 inches long. I used my drill press to set a hole for the trunnions (the pins the cannon sits on) and also to partially drill the cannon bore. The cannon was then cast in one pour using my largest casting flask.

The cannon carriage is made from wood. The wheels are cast bronze.

The work is made by hand. The cannon has been left naturally oxidized from casting to maintain an aged look. The cannon and all accessories are pinned and mounted on a hand cut octagonal marble base.

The cannon is cast in a silicon bronze that contains 95% Cu, 4% Si, 1% Mn.

Height: 12 cm
Width: 15 cm
Depth: 15 cm
Weight: 1.3 kg