>I'd suggest that these two iron guns were cast by the same foundry that cast the "SNY" 6-pounder, since the lines and proportions are almost identical.
Now that I've thought about this a bit more I have to backtrack. The statement above may be more like wishful thinking than the truth. The problem with that assumption is that we don't know wnen the government (specifically those in charge of Army artillery material purchases) began providing drawings to multiple contractors to produce a common model.
We do know, due to ample documentation, that the Navy awarded duplicate contracts to both James Byers of Springfield MA and Paul Revere of Boston, for 10 bronze, 8-inch "canon obusier" or naval nowitzers, ca. 1795 (10 from each contractor.) Since the carriages would have come from a different contractor, there must have been some drawings or perhaps textual specificatons included in the contracts, to ensure both contractors' products would fit the intended carriage.
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