SOLD FOR: $6,625
Make: Furr Arms
Model: Miniature Napoleon Cannon
Serial Number: 6 or 9
Year of Manufacture: 1981, ATF Antique
Caliber: Approximately 1.25″
Action Type: Muzzle-Loading Black Powder Fuse-Ignited Smoothbore Cannon
Markings: The bottom of the cannon is marked “Made by / Furr Arms Orem Ut. / August 1981” in electro-pencil. The bottom of the cannon in the center, each trunion, the elevator, the hitch, the brass bar which houses the axle in the cross-member, each brass bracket holding the mount and tail to the cross-member, each trunion strap, each wheel hub and each of the retaining pins for the wheels are marked “6” or “9”. The inside of the trunion straps are also hand-scribed with “15R” and “15L” for right and left, respectively.
Barrel Length: 18 3/4”
Approximate Overall Dimensions, Assembled: W: 28″, H: 20″, L: 41″
Sights / Optics: The right arm of the gun mount has a socket for a sight, but no sights are included.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The gun is mounted on a trunion mount installed on a wheeled wood carriage made from wood with brass fittings, rims, hitch, chain-brakes, rope-brackets, and wheel-guards for an ammo carriage (no ammo carriage included). The carriage includes hooks for bucket, cleaning and loading rods (none included), The brass fixtures show scattered discoloration from oxidation and a few minor scratches. The wheel’s rims show a little more wear than other fixtures. There are a few scattered spots of more moderate oxidation. The wood portions of the carriage show some scattered minor scratches and nicks. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the carriage assembly is in about Very Good-plus condition.
Type of Finish: Brass
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is smooth with some discoloration from oxidation but no erosion.
Overall Condition: This gun retains about 85% of its metal finish. The brass has scattered discoloration from oxidation, most of which should polish out easily with a few scattered minor scratches and marks. The flash-hole is not obstructed. The markings are clear. Overall, this gun rates in about Very Good-plus condition.
Mechanics: There is nothing to indicate that this cannon will not function properly. We do not know the proper load for firing this cannon. We did not fire this gun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This gun comes with the carriage mount as described.
Our Assessment: With painstaking detail, Karl and/or Keith Furr hand-crafted this miniature cannon as a faithful, though smaller, reproduction of the Napoleon gun, a cannon which saw use not only in the Napoleonic wars but was also used extensively in the American Civil War. The detail is fantastic, from the cannon to its mount and carriage. Karl Furr, later joined by his son Keith Furr, is renowned for his craftsmanship and the detail of miniatures such as this one. Even the most dedicated collector may not have room for a full-size six-pounder, but this scale replica is perfectly sized to display. Should you so choose, it should also be a little more economical to shoot than a full-size cannon, as well as being easier to find a proper venue for that sort of shooting. Please see our photos and good luck!