VERY RARE CONFEDERATE MANUFACTURED BRONZE 12 POUNDER FIELD HOWITZER PRODUCED BY JOHN CLARK AND COMPANY OF NEW ORLEANS, LA

$185,000.00
Originally $200,000.00

Quantity Available: 1

Item Code: 455-08

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In the mid-1850’s, John Clark operated a foundry at the intersection of Race and Tchoupitoulas Streets in what is today called the Lower Garden District, close to the Mississippi River. At the outbreak of war, Clark announced that his company would manufacture bronze field cannons. From 1861 until the fall of New Orleans to Union troops in the Spring of 1862 his company produced over 100 cannons. Most of the cannons produced were for private contracts. Many of the field cannons went to batteries from New Orleans. The foundry produced two types, a 6 pounder Field Gun and a 12 pound Field Howitzer.

This piece is a 12 pounder Field Howitzer on a full-scale reproduction carriage. It is one of only two known marked John Clark cannons known to exist today. Other Clark Howitzers are on display at Shiloh Battlefield, Petersburg Battlefield and at Manassas Battlefield. This Field Howitzer is marked in several places “IC” for John Clark. Both trunnions are marked as is the top of the barrel at breach and underside of tube. The letter “I” was used as a “J” during the Civil War era.

The Clark Company copied a US Model 1841 Field Howitzer but did some minor changes. The most apparent is a bulbous muzzle swell, instead of a straight muzzle. Also the oversized astragal, which replaces the plain chase ring of the regulation Howitzer. The knob joins the base of the Howitzer with a shallow curve. Most of the cannons found today produced by Clark are cruder and coarser than those shapes on regulations US M1841. Also countless defects are noted on Howitzer guns produced by Clark, as is this tube!

Only one known Field Howitzer is marked “John Clark Maker NO” which sold at Julia’s Auction in their Fall 2015 sale. We sold this exact artillery piece 10 years ago.

Overall an outstanding condition tube with minor dings that you would expect to see on a bronze tube. Carriage is in excellent condition, garage kept.

To view the cannon special arrangements must be made prior to visiting our shop. Stored off site!

Rarely do Confederate manufactured tubes become available on today’s market. The Horse Soldier is proud to offer this piece for sale at $185,000.00 - a newly reduced price from a motivated seller.  The marked one sold at Julia’s Auction for $350,000.00 plus the buyer’s premium!   [ws]

 

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