|Project by Eric M. Saperstein||posted 01-07-2012 09:26 AM||2110 views||2 times favorited||12 comments|
The first resident cannon the Monmouth Battlefield State Park Museum, this reproduction French four-pounder was donated through the Friends of Monmouth in dire need of attention.
Artisans Artisans replaced the rotted cannon trails and reinforced the axle. The wheels and hubs remained intact and were restored, and the metal hardware was stripped and refinished. This artillery piece does not represent a truly accurate reproduction, but it’s functionally accurate and will serve the museum staff as for artillery demonstrations. The restoration was completed correlating with the 225th anniversary of the battle of Monmouth, one of the largest artillery battles of the revolution.
Our research for this restoration uncovered the fact that there are very few shops willing to take on cannon restorations, and those that will seem to work exclusively on pieces previously manufactured in their shops. We were very pleased to provide our skills towards this project, and assist in the preservation of history and in educating the patrons of the battlefield museum.
For more details on this project visit: http://www.artisansofthevalley.com/serv_famous2.html
This is a fun gun to live fire, it actually beat us in a competition a while back. We were firing at Monmouth Battlefield hilltop to hilltop at 3 stacked barrels. Our small howitzer wasn’t reaching out the 450 yards to get a chance, we had a 1 1/2 lb cannon on the line that got VERY close. Then we shattered our axle. This gun won the competition that day!
We love historic pieces, especially when they make a bang and a lot of smoke. Some day I’m going to build myself a carriage and own a full scale brass barrel 12lb Napoleon.
Ahhh the project ideas keep flowing – I have to stick to my crazy idea for pens though for now!
-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman www.artisansofthevalley.com