SOM-CB6026: Post Medieval toy cannon

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TOY

Unique ID: SOM-CB6026

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Post medieval cast copper alloy toy cannon. The muzzle (open end) of the cannon is missing to an old break. It is cast in one piece with a pronounced base ring and a plain tapering breech. The cascabel is also missing to an old break. The small vent hole, blocked with mud, is half way between the base ring and first reinforce ring. The barrel is corroded but appears to have recessed rings either side of the trunnions. The trunnions are circular in section, both are missing their ends, one is just a stub. The total width of the cannon across the trunnions is 16.1mm. Between the first and second reinforce ring the muzzle tapers from 12.8 to 10.9mm in diameter. The chase (remainder of the barrel) continues to taper gradually to 9.3mm in diameter at the point where it is broken.The muzzle is 5.6mm in internal diameter at the break and is drilled off centre. The cannon is 45.3mm long and weighs 23.56g, including the mud fill.

Forsyth and Egan (2005:80-81) discuss toy cannons and suggest those that actually fired were very popular by the end of the 16th century but the majority show features that were developed in 17th - 18th century. This example is most similar to their Type 3 Design 1 (p.82, 1.5) althoguh without the cascabel it is difficult to make an exact comparison. They suggest this type is from the late 17th to early 18th century.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1650
Date to: Circa AD 1750

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 45.3 mm
Width: 16.1 mm
Weight: 23.56 g
Diameter: 12.8 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 1st March 2012

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Miss Daria Tsybaeva
Identified by: Miss Daria Tsybaeva
Secondary identifier: Ms Laura Burnett

Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCC receipt 20741

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Somerset (County)
District: Mendip (District)
To be known as: St Cuthbert Out CP

Spatial coordinates


Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Forsyth, H. and Egan, G. 2005 Toys, Trifles and Trinkets: Base Metal Miniatures from London 1200 to 1800 London Unicorn Press Ltd

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SOM
Created: 7 years ago
Updated: 7 years ago

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