Rare Small 17th Century Lantaka Style Hand Cannon
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Rare Small 17th Century Lantaka Style Hand Cannon:
CELEBRATING OVER 16 YEARS OF SELLING INTERNATIONALLY ON
In this lot, and offered with
no minimum offer or reserve, we are pleased to offer a very rare small Portuguese
or Dutch Lantaka style bronze hand cannon just recovered from a ship wreck at
the mouth of the Sungai Barito River in Banjarmasin, southern Kalimantan,
(Borneo). This rare museum piece dates
from the mid to late 17th century as is entirely original.
Typically, these small hand
cannons were used as trade goods by the early Portuguese and Dutch traders
throughout the archipelago of present day Indonesia. They were often part of the bride price
demanded by the families of exceptionally desirable brides. In many of the tribal cultures of southern Borneo,
these small heirloom hand cannons were treasured and were considered a
recognized form of currency.
Many of our long time
clients will recall that it’s been many years since we have been able to offer
a petronel or hand cannon, and they are now extremely difficult to find. Retail prices for such rare pieces range from
just over one thousand dollars and up in the current market.
This rare museum piece is in
excellent original condition and retains its original ancient patina. The barrel measures 22.5 cm in length, or
just under 9 inches. The bore is 1.5 cm
and the bore depth is 18 cm, just behind the touch hole. It weighs about .7 kilo or just over 1 ½