Crimean War Trophy...
As a matter of fact, I can verify and confirm that fact for you.
It is a 36 pounder. Projectile load of shot, sabot, wad and 9 pounds of
powder for load. Service load of shot, sabot, wad and 12 pounds of
powder. maximum range: three miles!!!
In 1832, the French moved some of their artillery foundries into russia
and started to produce French Guns for the Russians. Not to be outdone,
the British moved some of their artillery foundries into Russia by 1836
and started to produce British guns for the Russians. the piece that you
are refering to is actually a British cast gun with the Double Headed
eagle of the Russian Czar on its 2nd cascable just before the trunions.
It weighs just over three tonnes and is a naval piece that was captured
from a russian ship (unknown) by the British during the Crimean war. it
went into storage in London, England by the 1860's. By the 1930's it
found itself with approximately 30 others of its kind being shipped to
Quebec city for display...no such luck. it sat out of sight until in
1936, it and 11 others were selected to be sent to the St. catharines ,
Ontario Armoury. There it sat again, until about 1960 when a Niagara
Parks Manager requested its presence for display at OLD FORT ERIE.
It's a wonderful piece and actually received damage to its third
cascable, on top (just below the eagle), by an artillery shell (ball) of
some sort...which is why it was pulled from service entirely and meant
to be used for display only
Hope that has enlitened you Jim