Invention for Improvement in the Construction of Ordnance

Invention for Improvement in the Construction of Ordnance

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Description (Brief)
Ericsson’s improvement in the construction of ordnance was one of many inventive achievements, including the design for the battleship U.S.S. Monitor during the American Civil War. In 1863 he was granted a patent for this improved gun carriage. It allowed the cannon to recoil backward in its tracks when fired and was made to be worked by fewer hands within a confined space such as a gun turret.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
cannon
Object Type
Patent Model
Other Terms
cannon; Firearms
date made
1864
patentee
Ericsson, John
maker
Ericsson, John
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 19.5 cm x 21 cm x 30 cm; 7 11/16 in x 8 9/32 in x 11 13/16 in
ID Number
AF.252590
catalog number
252590
accession number
49064
patent number
41208
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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