I should mention that I can’t find fault with the auction house for the description they produced. They would have used information received from the consignor and added any additional information they could find in credible sources, which to me constitutes due diligence. I can’t detect any intent at deception, and in any case, “Caveat Emptor” always applies.
By now I’m fully convinced that old cannon fables never die, and that nothing I can do will kill them. You can retrieve my earlier posts on “The Cortez Cannon” on this forum as proof. I concluded that the sign on a small Spanish cannon in the Museum of The United States Navy, described as dating from 1480 and having been brought to the New World by Cortez, could not be correct, and sent them my information. I suggested they change their signage to at least use terms such “is said to have been” rather than misleading museum visitors. I was told there were no funds to replace the small paper sign. When I visited the museum about a year later the small sign had been replaced by a much larger, more durable sign. The text was identical to that of the previous sign. Old cannon fables never die.
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