Winchester signal cannons

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2015-06-26 10:35:37

Winchester signal cannons are antique and vintage collectible items of militaria, produced in the US by New Haven, Connecticut-based Winchester Repeating Arms Company. They are much sought after by collectors and are also employed as the starting cannon for the America’s Cup sailing series.

Antique or vintage?

Cannons produced more than 100 years ago are classed as “antique” according to the 1930 Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act’s definition.

“Vintage” refers to pieces manufactured within the last 100 years and can include items made as recently as the 1980s.

Winchester signal cannons

Winchester signal cannons were first produced by Winchester Repeating Arms Company in 1903, with the 10-gauge Model 98.

Originally made only in black, a chrome plated version of the Model 98 was introduced in 1930.

Winchester Repeating Arms Company produced the cannons until 1958.

Since the 1970s, Winchester cannons have been manufactured by the Bellmore Johnson Company. These newer versions are less collectible than their older, original cousins.

How much are Winchester Signal Cannons worth?

Antique and vintage Model 98 signal cannons usually sell for between $500 and $800, although bronze editions can achieve around $2,000.

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