September 5-7, 2023 Firearms & Militaria
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50mm mountain cannon manufactured by Krupp of Essen, Germany under contract for Siam (Thailand) in approximately 1906. These cannons provided a substantial increase in firepower and could be easily dismantled for lightweight transportation, which was vital for the Siamese army given Siam's terrain. Once deemed obsolete, approximately 30 of these cannons were imported into the United States. It is important to note that though these cannons were manufactured after 1898 and have a 50mm bores, they have been removed from the provisions of the National Firearms Act, and will transfer like a Curio & Relic rifle. VERY SCARCE ORIGINAL SIGHT and Sight Base on this specimen ! This example is marked "FRIED.KRUPP.A.G. / ESSEN" above various Siamese characters that are present around the breech ring, with additional Siamese characters present overall on both the cannon and the carriage. Carriage bears a brass data plate on the left side that reads "FRIED. KRUPP / A.G. / ESSEN A / R.Nr.43". Cannon exhibits a blued finish, with the carriage having been restored and painted green. Metal components on wheels are painted black, with the exception of some brass components. Breech block's lever handle is comprised of wood with brass end caps. Carriage's brass elevation adjustment wheel retains its leather wrap covering. This example is accompanied by 1 inert projectile and shell casing. This example is accompanied by a correct rear sight assembly. CONDITION: Excellent overall, with the cannon retaining bountiful amounts of its blue finish with the slightest marks. Brass components exhibit a pleasing patina. Excellent bore, exhibiting some spots of very light pitting and some areas of what appears to be carbon build up in the grooves, with strong rifling throughout. Breechblock handle's wood shows a crack, but otherwise appears sturdy and serviceable. Carriage is excellent, retaining the vast majority of its green painted finish, exhibiting a few concentrated areas of surface oxidation, which is also present on the hand spike. Wood carriage wheels are excellent. An extremely attractive example of a desirable and rare Siamese 50mm Krupp cannon that would make for a fine and operable display piece in one's collection. MLW

ADDENDUM: The leveling bubble in the rear sight is intact and moves. Furthermore, the consignor has agreed to supply at least 5 reloaded brass cases and some projectiles to the winning bidder.
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Minimum Bid: $20,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium: $45,600.00
Estimate: $40,000 - $60,000
Number Bids: 11
Auction closed on Thursday, September 7, 2023.
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