A Working Model of a Repeating Cannon, English, 19th Century.

This is an interesting example of a toy from a time when Health and Safety considerations did not exist! 

The cranked mechanism raises and drops the hammers in turn. As they fall, the hammers strike pins set into a small amount of explosive fulminate behind a black powder charge in a brass cartridge carrying a tiny amount of lead shot.

The effect on a ‘battlefield’ of toy soldiers must have been devastating!


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