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Lot 116: Thunder Valley 2 Inch Hotchkiss Model 1880 Revolving Cannon

Auction Date: May 14, 2021

Thunder Valley 2 Inch Hotchkiss Model 1880 Revolving Cannon Serial Number 1

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $20,000 - $35,000

Thunder Valley 2 Inch Hotchkiss Model 1880 Revolving Cannon Serial Number 1

Manufacturer: Michael B. Suchka
Model: Hotchkiss Revolving Cannon
Type: Destructive Device
Gauge: 2 inch
Barrel: 29 1/2 inch round
Finish: black/bright/red
Grip:
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Item Views: 2030
Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 118
Class: Class III
Description:

Michael B. Suchka of Valley Engraving, Inc. and Thunder Valley Machine Co. has produced a number of high quality small scale and full sized replicas of Hotchkiss and Gatling crank guns. This appears to be the first of his 2 inch caliber Hotchkiss revolving cannons given the "0001" serial number. This massive revolving cannon has 29 1/2 inch long barrels designed to fire the impressive 2 inch/37mm Hotchkiss cartridges. The action is marked "THUNDER VALLEY HOTCHKISS/PALMYRA, NEBRASKA U.S.A/MODEL 1880 CALIBRE 2 INCH/SERIAL NUMBER 0001" on the left, "HOTCHKISS REVOLVING CANNON/2"/CALIBRE" on the back, the "HOTCHKISS PARIS" crossed cannons, belt, and bomb logo on top; and "RKP/TVH" along with crossed swords and what is probably a linstock on the right. There is also some simple scroll and other engraving patterns on much of the metal components, an eye design along with the word "OIL" twice at the front by the muzzles, and hand engraved numbers for the barrels at the breech. The carriage has red painted wood and black iron fittings.

Rating Definition:

The Hotchkiss is very fine and has mild overall wear including some oxidation. The carriage is mostly good and has general mild wear; however, the wheel hubs have cracked. It appears to be mechanically excellent.



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