An all bronze model of a field cannon
An all bronze model of a field cannon, early 19th century. Four stage barrel with turned reinforces and swollen muzzle. On its bronze carriage, the sides containing 2 Welsh dragons, lion’s head and the Royal crown, the quoin formed as a Sphinx. Bronze wheels, dark patina overall.
Overall length 12” (30.5cms), Barrel length 7½” (19 cms)
This model was probably made for the 23rd Regiment of Foot (Royal Welsh Fusiliers) who served in the 1801 Egypt campaign. A similar carriage with quoin as a Sphinx stands on Horse Guards Parade, London, and supports a Turkish barrel taken in Egypt in 1801. See “The Armouries of the Tower of London-The Ordnance” H. Blackmore HMSO 1976 Plates 26 & 27.