Fire Cracker Cannons

Home Guard

Nash

Shimer

Hotchkiss

Miniature cannons for celebrating the 4th of July, and for fun in general, have been traditional favorite toys for American boys. The Golden Age for this type of toy was a period from about 1885 to 1915. Numerous black powder, cap, cartridge and firecracker cannons were patented and manufactured during this time. Many firecracker cannons were patented. Names like Shimer, Nash, Hotchkiss and Home Guard are all familiar to the cannon collector. With only rare excetpions these toys were made from cast iron. All of these cannons were made in an age when firecrackers used black powder. The more powerful flash powder in today’s firecrackers makes it unsafe to shoot original toy cannons.

"I see someone on the web advocates the use of flashcrackers in these old cannons. I don't recommend that at all, as the oxidizers eventually penetrate the metal and weaken it. All these old cannons were made for blackpowder (firecrackers) only." - Hal Kantrud, Firecracker Expert


These firecracker pack labels showing cannons are compliments of Hal Kantrud. The image has been digitally enhanced by Doris Salley.

These firecracker pack labels showing cannons are compliments of Hal Kantrud.The image has been digitally enhanced by Doris Salley.

These firecracker pack labels showing cannons are compliments of Hal Kantrud.The image has been digitally enhanced by Doris Salley.
Here are some unknown firecracker cannons.


     

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