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Title Agate model of Armstrong cannon
Nationality British
Period c 1870

This rather smart desk ornament is made of stripy agate throughout, with the exception of the axles and some minor fittings, which are in brass. The Armstrong type of cannon was made in England from the late 1860s to the early 1880s and used extensively in ships and shore batteries.

The barrel measures 7.5 inches long. There is a small bit of damage by one of the trunions, where the agate has broken away and been glued back into position. Otherwise the piece is in excellent shape for its age.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.

[Firearms : Cannons : British : 19th Century]


Sword arrived today. Fabulous. This is an excellent example of a fighting sword of its period, and a real gem. The 1828 Pattern is such a gorgeous sword, and this is a fine example. Even my bride is impressed and she doesn’t really get swords.

G F, New Zealand, 06.11.2013

Hi Chris, medals arrived safely and I am very pleased, will leave a mention for you on a military collectors forum and hopefully you may pick up some business.

Once again thank you.

Wayne Sinnot, UK, 04.08.2005