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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