This rare Iron and Brass Line Throwing Cannon would have been used in rescues at sea during the early 20th century. The cannon bears two brass maker's plaques, one from McKeever Daley of Baltimore, MD and one from Heat Transfer Products of New York. McKeever Daley line throwers are more rare and desired by collectors.
It's all complete and appears to be in good working order. However, if you want to fire it, we recommend that it first be checked out by a firearms expert for safety.
With a 2.5 Inch bore, the barrel length is 28 Inches. The cannon bears matching serial numbers, A-68, on both plaques. This is the first line throwing cannon we have had with the ramrod included. It has nice accents of polished brass.
West Point graduate David A. Lyle (1845-1937) was the inventor of this type of gun. These guns were used primarily for shore-based rescue operations. The cannon would fire a line to the distressed party and allow for the person to pull themselves back to safety.
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