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Object ID # 1957.002.006
Object Name Toy, Push
Title Toy Cannon
Lexicon category 9: Recreational Artifacts
Credit line In Memory of Dr. Harvey Bannerman
Date 19th-century
Artist Unidentified maker
Made Unknown
Place of Origin Unknown
Description All-metal, toy-sized battlefield cannon, 19th-c. The cannon is made of cast iron, with a black finish. The cannon has a hole for its "fuse". Its barrel has a bore. The carriage part has two six-spoked wheels, which roll. Each is 7.5 cm in diameter. There is a curved rest at the rear. No maker's identification is seen.
Provenance This toy cannon formerly belonged to Dr. Harvey Bannerman of Owen Sound. Dr. Bannerman travelled extensively overseas c. 1901, so if this toy cannon had been his plaything as a boy, it definitely is 19th-century in age.
Collection Toys & Games, 19th-c Collection
Material Iron
Dimensions H-7.5 W-9 L-16.5 cm
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
People Bannerman, Dr. Harvey
Subjects Toys
Toy soldiers
Toy guns
Children playing with toys
Children playing soldiers
Cannons
Function Military toys, such as toy soldiers and cannons, were popular for Victorian boys to play with, if their families could afford them.