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Title Model cannon by Marklin
Nationality German
Period c 1916-18
Price £500.00

This fine model of a German field gun comes complete with a small black powder cartridge with a recess for a primer in its base to enable it to be used as a signalling gun or a rather posh toy.

There is a mark on the breech consisting of C/M monogram in a shield. I have now been informed that this mark is for Marklin and that the gun is the largest of the model cannon made by that company. Apparently, there are other versions of this, but not all have the plates on the wheels. This last detail suggests WW1 vintage, following the pattern of the larger pieces in the field.

It has fully operative elevating gear and the trigger mechanism operates by pulling a cord on a lever attached to the breech.

Its dimensions are as follows: 18" overall length; just over 4" wheel diameter; 5.75" width of shield; 8" barrel length.

The barrel is bronze and the rest is mostly iron or mild steel. The elevating gear would appear to be white metal or nickel. The paintwork for the shield and the trail is battleship grey with black paint on the footpads of the wheels. All this paintwork would appear to be period. The lid for the tool compartment on the trail is missing, but the hinge is still in place. The bore is about .47 calibre.

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

[Firearms : Cannons : German : 20th Century]


Just to let you know that the spoon came this morning and I am really pleased with it.

I C, Channel Islands, 26.02.2011

I received the silver Verdienstkreuz this morning. Your swiftness and dedication was very much appreciated and, though the envelope arrived with a Post Office sticker saying it had been found open or damaged, the cross was unharmed and looks beautiful. Thanks for your time.

E C, UK, 18.10.2005