Pair of Rare Bronze 3-pounder Canon


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Pair of Rare Bronze 3-pounder Canon

An extremely fine pair of English 3-pounder bronze cannon cast at The Royal Woolwich Brass Foundry, London, by I.H. King. This pair of canon were exhibited at the Royal Show Museum at Ragley Hall Warwickshire in 2018, as a main exhibit, to celebrate 50 years of the Royal Show. Ragley Hall is the ancestral seat of the Hertford family for over 300 years.

These rare guns are two of only a handful of 3-pounder guns that were cast during the short months when Francis Rawdon Hasting, 2nd Earl of Moira, held the office of Master of the Ordnance, 1806-1807. The Royal Armouries at the Tower of London, holds two similar guns from the same period (5 guns later) see H.L. Blackmore’s book “The Armouries of the Tower of London” page 84.

Original documents from 1807 located at The National Archives, London, and listed in the Order Book from The Board of Ordnance to the Royal Woolwich Brass Foundry, show that the canon were commissioned either (as per entry on 12th January 1807) for The Royal Artillery (Field Train at Woolwich) -present at the Battle of Waterloo or (as per entry 11th June 1807) for the King’s German Legion – Hanovarian Regiment –using 3 pdrs at the Battle of Waterloo. 3 pounder guns were also used as light artillery in the Peninsula War (in which The Duke of Wellington took part).

The guns are engraved with the monogram of George III and the cipher of Francis, 2nd Earl of Moira, Master General of the Ordnance, 1806-1807.
Originally mounted on a field carriage for battle, together with a limber and other accoutrements, the gun was later remounted on a naval ship’s carriage made of carved teak showing a crest containing bees, pole-arms and a yacht as they were purchased by Robert Ashton for his yacht, Minerva. These canon are mentioned in the book “Wellington” by Jane Wellesley.

Measures: Barrel length - 52in
Carriage - 32in long x 22in wide
Base - 40in long x 29in wide x 24in high
Overall height 43in.


  • H: 109cm (43in)
  • W: 132cm (52in)
  • D: 74cm (29in)



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James Wigington has been dealing in antiques for over 40 years. The family business was established over 100 years ago in Shipston on Stour, Warwickshire, specialising in arms and armour. In 1932 James’ father moved the business and his family to Stratford upon Avon, occupying a shop opposite Shakespeare’s birthlpace. James’ late father was one of the early members of the British Antique Dealers Association (BADA). His late brother, Robin also had a shop and museum in Stratford, dealing in arms and amour, including the weapons of Tipu Sultan. Some of the weapons from Robin’s collection sold at Bonhams recently, achieving world record prices in the millions.

James’ own interest quickly grew to include early fishing tackle, antique furniture and works of art. In 2006 James and his wife Jayne built Stratford Armouries which houses a collection of Churchill memorabilia (formerly housed at Bletchley Park), a Wellington bomber exhibition and a small collection of antiques which he has for sale.

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