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1766 Bronze Cannon on carriage Dutch VOC 1766 Cannon Barrel
Maker: VOC Bronze Model: Cannon
We are pleased to offer a rather scarce bronze cannon. This piece is a Dutch VOC 1766 dated piece. The VOC was the famous Dutch East India Company which was in existence for almost 200 years from 1602 to 1795. At the time that we acquired this piece it was mounted on a 20th century built carriage. The cannon was intended for mounting on a naval style of trunk carriage. Although the carriage is incorrect, it displays very well and is included. This is a very scarce bronze gun in the USA and is in antique excellent condition with all of its original patina. Our thanks to Mr. Bart V.D. Zwan www.dutchguns.com of the Netherlands for his research and translation of information from the Dutch Museum of Arms and Armor which is follows: "The name that is hard to read is the name of M. Everhard, cannon founder at Middelburg. He lived and worked there in the 3rd quarter of the 18th century. The oldest cannon he has made as we are acquainted with until now was made in 1755, your cannon is dated 1766. The logo is that of the Zeeland (Sealand) section of the VOC (Dutch East India Co). Middelburg is the manufacturer of your cannon. The small figure above this is the heraldic shield of the city of Middelburg. The dimensions tell us this is a 1/2 pounder (Dutch pounds), one of the smallest cannons that will be found. Also the most common of the VOC guns. They were made for use on the many VOC ships. An identical cannon was part of the Visser collection (a famous Dutch collector of firearms), and is described in the book written by R. Roth "The Visser Collection Volume II. It is on page 206-207. The collection of H. Visser went to auction in 2007, following his death in 2006. The serial number of the cannon in that book is J58, the SN of your cannon is J60. The VOC ships were transport ships, just a few cannons were on board. They sailed in clusters up to 150 ships or more with some heavily armed ships. So the ordered canons were not specific made for individual ships but ordered and distributed to the various ships who needed them. The Middelburg VOC archives are searching for what ships were built or sailed out in 1766 or 1767. When there is just one name, that will be the ship." Mr Zwan has since written that the name on the gun is probably the name of this ship "Everswart". The VOC or "Dutch East India Company" sent their ships to buy spices, pepper, safron, etc. and the company existed for about 200 years, 1602-1795. They were one of the earliest companies of ship owners, merchants and shareholders whose goal was to do business in the East and break the monopoly of the Portuguese. Dimensions of the barrel are 39" overall with a 1 3/4" bore, 6 1/4" at the breech and 4 1/8" at the muzzle. The trunnions are 1 3/4" in diameter and situated below the line of the bore. A wonderful artifact with lots of history. Included is a VOC time table provided by Mr. Bart V.D. Zwan from 1602 to 1794-95 telling what it was and what it did. Special shipping arrangement will apply to this item for freight shipment.
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Item # 10809 - 1766 Bronze Cannon on carriage Dutch VOC 1766 Cannon Barrel
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