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Antique? If you consider ( in my years of cannon collecting) maybe 1960's-80's repro, maybe suitable for signaling? The trunnions are all wrong ( not thick enough), are they below centerline or at the centerline? Without getting into much detail, one has to look at trunnion placement, iron " chaplets", bore diameter, bore sand casted or bored out? 

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Here is a Dutch fresh water recovered dating to late 1600-early 1700's , aquired from the Sarawak museum, Kuching, just before exports required government approval for exports. Sand casted bore with chaplets, ( chaplets are rusty iron like rods that are visible on the exterior used to center the bore when casting). All sand cored had chaplets and you can check with a magnet as some high grades the chaplets were peened over. No chaplets, not authentic. Mid 1700's bores were drilled out and the trunnions placed in line with the bore. On yours, vent placement, trunnion, reinforces, patina and muzzle fishy, typical of a modern repro. Check for a steel bore liner, if present, it would be suitable for signal rounds.image.jpeg.5c4b2e291bd6fcf06149b2cff4c3311a.jpeg

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You can check " The Artilleryman" quarterly magazine past articles, one of which I have written on the subject of identifying early cannon and foundry techniques, repros, etc.

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Interesting.   Some questions first - Bore size? Does the bore go all the way to the vent? Is the vent connected to the bore?  Does the carriage use any metal other than Iron? (For example - pot metal, steel,? Any screws? Is that a cotter pin holding the wheels on?

  There is a possiblity that it was sold by Bannermans'. Have you seen any old catalogs?

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