Spanish Bronze 7-1/2″ Eprouvette Mortar Dated 1799
SN 3232. This beautiful bronze mortar has age patina and fine markings as can be seen in photos. Monogram of King Ferdinand VII is engraved over vent and cannon’s name in a banner of unknown translation. Baseplate is engraved around border “No. 3232”, “SEVILLA IDE DICIEMBRE DE 1799” manufactured at Seville, December 1, 1799 . Base is Numbers 173. Eprouvettes historically were used to measure quality of gun powder by shooting a projectile and measuring the distance fired as the Eprouvette has a fixed angle and the projectile is of an exact weight.
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