Date Added: 08 March 2015
This is a beautiful depiction of a Dutch 12 pounder cannon of the 17 century with cross section of the ships hull and deck. It was built by Jonny Heinrich Reinert who appeared many times in the Guinness Book of World Records, and he has been dubbed the "King of the Bottleships. The 12-pounder long gun was an intermediary caliber piece of artillery mounted on warships of the Age of sail. They were used as main guns on the most typical frigates of the early 18th century, on the second deck of fourth-rate ships of the line, and on the upper decks or castles of 80-gun and 120-gun ships of the line. This cannon generally has the form of a truncated cone and is mounted on a carriage with transom, front and rear axle trees with trucks, bed with side cheeks and quoin (wedge). The barrel is built with the breech, first reinforcement, second reinforcement and chase. There is a pommelion or cascabel, breech moldings, base ring, flash pan, reinforcement rings, trunnion, muzzle astragal, throat, muzzle swelling muzzle molding, bore, and hinged cap squares or securing clamps for the trunnions. There are four cannon balls near the quoin. The deck is individually planked and outlined with a dark colored rope. Under the deck inside the bottle is hand written: "Fur meinen lieber freund Hans Euuler teachr(?) Jonny Reinert 23.4.95." In the neck of the bottle is a plaque with the following: "Hollandische 12-Pfunder Kanone. 17, Jahrhundert." The wooden stopper and the stand are intricately carved and custom made to support the bottle's form.
|Ship 12 Pound Cannon in a Bottle
|8" x 4"
|1995, April 23