Advise please on selling toy cannons. (photo)


November 27, 2005, 12:59 PM
I'm a long-time gun nut with a relatively small collection of exotic, older .22 handguns and a couple of older rifles - plus others I'm gonna' let go. Lots of stuff I've accumulated over the years, like a couple of old toy cannons, no longer hold my interest as much as my new loves. I'm sure another gun nut would REALLY like to own them. HERE'S MY QUESTION: Which, in your opinion, is the BEST venue for me to offer these toys? Would an online auction devoted to guns be best, or should I go with the larger crowd like eBay? I've got a good record with both of these and can easily and quickly use either. I'm inclined to believe the larger buying audience for such items would be via eBay. On the other hand, would the guaranteed "gun lover" group - though smaller - be more apt to spend more for quality pieces? Is there something I'm overlooking here? Anyone out there have any experience in this area? Below is a photo of one of the cannons in question. It is cast iron and that's the original paint job. It's in excellent condition and the bore and touchhole are still clean and open. My mom owned an antique shop and gave it to me some 50+ years ago. I look forward to your opinion and comments. (Yes, that's a penny in the pic.) 45Broomhandle

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November 27, 2005, 01:04 PM
it aint the size of the cannon
its the cannoneer;)

As much as we hate them Egay is probably the best $$ for the seller

November 27, 2005, 01:28 PM
ebay probably is your best bet. Do you know the approximate value/how much you want for it? You might be able to sell it here.

November 27, 2005, 09:07 PM
That's part of the problem, repsychler. I haven't a clue what these tin and cast iron toys are worth. I've never seen anything like this cast iron one offered on eBay or any place else. That's why I'm asking everyone here on THR if they might have any experience on these things. Obviously I want to get as much as possible, but like Psssniper says, eBay ain't the best-liked game in town. I'd prefer to do business with one of the gun auction websites. 45Broomhandle

November 27, 2005, 09:13 PM
Ebay, no question.

Collectible toys are a very hot item now. Gun folks might enjoy them, but toy collectors will pay you the most money.

Take several good photos - that's the single biggest thing. Looks up similar items on ebay and make sure you are in the right category, and using the right words in your ad so people who are searching for your stuff can find it.

November 27, 2005, 09:18 PM
I have a cousin who makes good money selling stuff I would never buy on ebay.

November 27, 2005, 09:28 PM
Go here:

Search for 'cannon'.

November 28, 2005, 05:20 AM
Followed MikeJackmin's posted link, then entered "toy cast iron cannon." Lots of cannons came up, but most were those big carbide salute cannons, or fairly recent reproduction stuff. Only one came close, but it used firecrackers as ammo. Mine is a muzzleloader. I don't think they used firecrackers in cannons during the Civil War - unless it was as a fuse. Have been told this toy was a patriotic item dating to just following the Civil War (1870s???) and is a pretty good replica of the old French 18-pounders that were used in that conflict. I guess my safest bet is to put a fairly hefty reserve on it if I auction it. Anyone else got any comments, suggestions? 45Broomhandle

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Harry Tuttle
November 28, 2005, 01:06 PM

October 2004 Auction

70 cal. Toy Black Powder Cannon Sold for $160


it looks like a Kenton:
Circa 1903, Made by the Kenton Hardware Manufacturing Co., Kenton, Ohio. The Kenton cannon are distinguishable by the leaf pattern on the trails. Their cannon were available in different colors as well as finishes. Several sizes were available in each series.


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