Saturday, February 27, 2016

2/27/16 Report - Nice Old Cannon Find for ID and Some Great Online References. International Society of St. Hubertus.

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Remains of Probable Found Canon
Photo submitted by Alexander G.

I received the following message with the two photo shown above.

My name is Alexander and I write from the Canary Islands.

I've been visiting some websites and I have seen yours so I would therefore like to ask you about a strange piece of iron that looks like a gun/cannon (photos attached) that some acquaintances found near the coast (weighs about 10 kg and is very, very strong especially in the base, with a thickness of about 8 cm.).

I recently visited websites and seems in some ways to an old Spanish cannon pedrero, falconente or similar. You see this very run down and has lost a lot of metal that has simply disappeared. The coasts of the Canary Islands were frequented by all kinds of Spanish galleons and by pirates etc...

To me that is one beautiful piece that if a replica was made would look great in a museum display.  It is hard to tell what the original dimensions were due to the severe wear.  For me that is what makes it so beautiful.  You can see the action of many years under water.  It looks like it was in shallow water where the currents or water movement was strong.

Thanks for the photos and information Alexander.  I'd like to receive any or all thoughts on the identity of the item.

Here are a few related references to check out.  First is this Project Gutenberg Ebook, Artillery Through the Ages: A Short Illustrated History of Cannon, Emphasizing Types Used in America by Albert Manucy, 2007

Here is one illustration from that book.

And her is another interesting reference.   This one is from the Collections of the Georgia Historical Society, Vol. III, Pt. III, The Spanish Official Account of the Attack on the Colony of Georgia.

And here is an illustration of a pedrero from that reference.

As always, one of the best places to start when it comes to conserving such items is the TAMU Conservation Manual.

You can access any of those links by clicking on the underlined title.

Again, I'd like to receive your thoughts on the item.

I'll have some more thoughts and references on this item tomorrow.


You undoubtedly heard of the passing of Justice Scalia, but did you know he was connected with the International Soceity of St. Hubertus.

Here is the link.


That was an interesting slate pendant that I showed yesterday.


On the Treasure Coast today we still have a north wind and small surf.

Happy hunting,