19th c. Rare AustroHungarian hand cannon
It was probably made in 1867 in celebration of the Dual Monarchy which was the successor to the Austrian Empire (1804–1867) ( Austro-Hungarian Compromise of 1867 between the ruling Habsburg dynasty and the Hungarians.) Made for celebrations, and used to make noise. Looks to be used, has some signs of firing inside. Interesting thing is a gold coin shape inside. It’s most likely 24 carat gold, but have no idea why it would be in the bottom of the barrel. It has a deep carving of Medusa with a sword crossing one side and what appears to be a basket of fire on the right. There’s also a large royal crest of Austro-Hungaria. The double head is symbolic of the dual monarchy, now the Austrian crest is only one head. There is a seam on the inside, so it’s not meant to fire projectiles. But I guarantee that it is old.
70.5cm long. 3.3cm bore. 13.5 lbs. or 6kg.
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