Original 19th Century Ornate Bronze Lantaka Swivel Cannon Barrel from the East Indies – Circa 1800-1820
Original Item: One of a Kind. Here we have a wonderful original bronze lantaka swivel cannon barrel, dating to about 1800-1820. While these were used throughout South East Asia, this style is from the “East Indies”, more properly known as South Eastern Asia. These were used only at close quarters, used to fire lead balls, stones and other debris while mounted on boats and other ocean going craft during the age of Sailing.
Our example measures 37″ in length and has a 1 1/4″ bore, built to traditional lines it has a muzzle flared out to 4″. Bearing much cast in decoration, the cannon comes complete with an integral swivel mount for use at sea or land fortification.
The cannon is very heavy, weighing in at 35lbs, a good sign as later copies are much lighter and sometimes are filled internally with foam to be sold as fakes.
Totally authentic but not too big to display in home or office.
Bore Diameter: 1 1/4”
Overall Length: 36”
Width at Trunions: 3 ¾”
Ignition System: Touch Hole
Weight: 35 lbs
Lantaka or rentaka was a type of bronze portable cannon or swivel gun, sometimes mounted on merchant vessels and warships in Maritime Southeast Asia. It was commonly equipped by native seafaring vessels from Indonesia, Philippines, Brunei, and Malaysia. Lela and rentaka are known by the Malays
The name may stem from the Malay word lantak, which means “hammering down” or “ramming down”, referencing its loading process (muzzle-loading). Ramrod in Malay is called pelantak. The Malay word rentak means “stamping the feet in anger”, “pounding the feet together”.
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