Bronze Mortar by HG Cordes
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German

Circa 1860s
23½ inches in length with a 3⅛ inch bore
 
   

Bronze Mortar by HG Cordes
 
(19th Century German Cannon)
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Circa 1860s
23½ inches in length with a 3⅛ inch bore
 
   

This heavy brass mortar, set on its wooden truck and iron wheels, is an artillery artifact that would have been capable of saving or taking lives. Classified a life-saving line throwing device, the 80 kalibre barrel (3⅛ inch bore) would have made for a devastating close range cannon. The rather unique shape of the barrel, with heavy reducing reinforces tapering down to the muzzle would have used and withstood a significant amount of black powder to hurl a lifeline to those in need.

The cannon most likely saw a multiple purpose use, possibly as a signaling device and saluting cannon. Cast by a premier artillery maker of Germania, H.G. Cordes of Wesermünde, circa 1860, one of the 19th Century’s leading innovators of whaling guns and harpoons as well. This bronze barrel measures 23½ inches in length with a 3⅛ inch bore centered in the 5⅜ inch muzzle diameter. The trunnions are 3 inch diameter solid cast as well. The carriage measures 29½ inches and was a pair of iron wheels to maneuver. It also has its original wood barrel plug, with bronze loop. A very rare and strikingly different looking cannon.


Cast Inscribed: Leinenwurf Mörser Kal 80, H.G. Cordes, Wesermünde G.