Model cannon, Germany, 17th century
Length overall: 81 cm.
Dossier as PDF
Length bronze barrel: 52,5 cm.
Width: 34 cm.
Miniature cannons served a variety of functions. Some were constructed by gun founders in order to advertise their abilities to prospective clients. Other
examples owned by young princes were used to fight mock battles as part of their education for becoming future military leaders. Finally, a third group of
cannons served to deliver salutes, both among military circles and for entertaining purposes. Due to its elaborate design it can be assumed that this
example was ordered for the amusement of the nobility.