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[Weapons] Identification of artillery

Dear Sir:

Could you possibly help us, or suggest someone that could.
Attached is a picture of what I think is an American gun. It is now at Arnprior, a small town just west of Ottawa on the Ottawa River. Its origins are a bit obscure, but apparently it was brought from Quebec city in the 1880s by the Gillies family, local lumbermen. One of them had taken a raft of squared timber to Quebec and for reasons unknown had returned with this gun. Local people would now like to know more about it and are interested in mounting it and firing it on holidays, etc. I have consulted secondary works on American artillery at the Canadian War Museum but have found no weapon exactly like this one. It resembles a Napoleon but is longer and is cast iron. It is a smooth bore gun. We have not been able to find any markings on it.

bore diam: 4.6 in. (12 pdr.)
overall length 89 in.
nominal length 78 in.

What appears to be a second muzzle ring is a metal ring attached to lift the weapon. It has muzzle mouldings, a muzzle ring, the breech block is drilled to take a gun lock, and it has a breeching loop, which suggests that it was a naval weapon.

Any information you might have would be appreciated.

David McConnell

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