Inherited Civil War Collection from father, need help with cannon history/value

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mortilangel

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Hi Everyone,

I appreciate any help I can get, I have some information but is limited from what I remember as a kid. My father bought this about in Louisiana about 20 years ago from a private party, My step mom while sifting thru some documents found who he purchased it from but after reaching out to him, I believe he may have some form of dementia and was unable to help me.

My father was an avid collector and historian of the civil war. He took the trip with my mom to pick it up from North Carolina. My father always had a dream to start his own museum and collected so forth. He was a Management consultant and wanted one day to be able to display his collection to everyone to see or perhaps franchise it out.

If I remember correctly, he told me that part of it was original and part was fabricated. I do not know which parts are or what even type of cannon it is, there are some markings but they are pretty worn down. They are two cannons he bought from him, one is on the carriage, the other is by it self. I did find a drawing that was sent to my dad from the seller. Again, the drawing I believe is for the smaller cannon. I also believe but not sure that the carriage and wheels or part of it is reproduction but not sure.

Any Help would be appreciated.

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Welcome to the forums. The one above is a replica, or more properly a total fantasy loosely based on certain Civil War era cannon, with an approximation of what someone thought a Civil War carriage ought to look like. The one below LOOKS like it may be an authentic piece, but not from the Civil War, and possibly not even from the U. S. It reminds me of earlier naval guns, possibly British, from around the War of 1812. More photos of it may be necessary for a more definite answer unless someone else here can positively identify it.

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Welcome from Michigan . Can you give us a picture of the muzzle and bore of the naval style gun ? I know South Bend Replicas make 1/3 and 1/4 scale reproductions of a naval 12 pounder .
 

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It looks like the bore is not centered . Is this just because of the angle of the photo ? The bore looks about right for the 1/3 scale naval 12 pounder , but if it is not centered it wouldn't be by South Bend Replicas .
 

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Welcome from the Shiloh/Pittsburg Landing Forum and North Mississippi! Be sure and visit the Forum soon.
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Welcome! Your Father was a serious Civil War Buff! And your Mother: talk about a supportive wife!
Although I can't answer your questions, I look forward to your perspective in our discussions! Enjoy!
 
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My opinion is it is a re-production. I didn't detect any markings on the muzzle.....I would NOT fire it!
The carriage needs lots of work......
IF it were ever fired, it needs to have a Bore Scope go down it. Even IF the tube is safe to fire, which, despite a bore scope, I would not recommend, the carriage still needs work.
 

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Hi,
I am still in possession of the collection. He collected a lot of stuff on Railroads, bonds, paper money, coins, he also has a plate from the presidential dining collection when Mr. Lincoln was in office.
Be careful about the plate - I have one too, and mine's definitely a reproduction! Pieces of Presidential china from his and several other administrations have been reproduced for the collectables market by Franklin Mint and others.
 
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