NICE ARTILLERY LANYARD

$495.00

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Item Code: 490-2510

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An excellent example of the Civil War artillery lanyard. Nice turned wood handle about 5 inches long with good finish and larger turned ends for a more secure grip, complete with full-length cord and original wire hook. “Number Four” on crew of a field gun placed the friction primer in the loaded cannon’s vent and stood back with lanyard played out, waiting for the gunner’s command to fire. A sharp yank on lanyard set off the primer, whose flame ignited the propellant charge, and the round was then on its way. The crew would then reposition the gun from its recoil if necessary and again perform their prescribed tasks to ready the gun for its next shot. It was a complex series of steps that had to be performed in the right order even under fire, something requiring precise teamwork and instilled by hours of drill. This is a very nice example of a key piece of artillery gear.  [sr] [ph:L]

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