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Ploughshares to Swords Inactive Member24 Aug 2013 8:34 a.m. PST


I finally transferred the pictures from my trip to France so I can share them with you.

French 3pndr



Some more pictures and descriptions at link


Anders the elder

Garde de Paris24 Aug 2013 2:55 p.m. PST

Hello, Anders:

Do you recall any commentary/description to say why the 3 pounder was there. I understood that the French used – for years – 4's, 8's and 12's in the field. Is this a captured piece?

Coincidentally, it looks like a cannon still available from Tradition of Scandanavia as the only 30mm field gun for the 30mm Stadden Napoleoinc rang. The "cheeks", or sides of the mount are set parallel to one another in that model, not widened to the rear. And the wheels seem too thick for the rest of the gun.

Wonderful pictures. And I like the Perry plastics on your site. Those dragoons are most impressive. I had to use Stadden 30mm Cuirassiers "back in the day" to do Waterloo era 20th Dragoons with black belting, and while my conversion was adequate, my painting skills were not worth showing!


Garde de Paris24 Aug 2013 3:02 p.m. PST

I made the mistake of sendin the message twice, and now have a blank space to fill! Here – I hope – is the cannon by Tradition. The picture does not show the true dimensions.


I currently use them for my French horse artillery as 4 pounders.


Ploughshares to Swords Inactive Member24 Aug 2013 5:55 p.m. PST

Sorry i wrote wrongly its a 4pdr horse artillery gun. The museum was very interesting as the cannoniers de Lille were a reserve artillery regiment financed and staffed by local bbrghers.

spontoon24 Aug 2013 7:18 p.m. PST

Sort of an Honourable Artillery Company, eh?

Grognard1789 Inactive Member24 Aug 2013 9:27 p.m. PST

The Shako with the Rooster plate is from the Louis Phillipe Era 1820's – 1830's. Cheers,


Ploughshares to Swords Inactive Member25 Aug 2013 4:45 a.m. PST

Spontoon: Something like that, A reason for the rich to dress up in uniforms and feel proud, But looking at the portraits of the commanders some seem to have been in the regular army at some point.

Grognard1789: thank you, I had a hunch it was that.


Musketier Supporting Member of TMP30 Aug 2013 4:55 a.m. PST

Spontoon: Pretty much so, yes, including seniority (the original gunners' ghuild was established in the 1480s), and being closely integrated with the regular army (as a reserve unit) to this day.

John Miller Inactive Member31 Aug 2013 3:17 p.m. PST

I'll never get to Europe to see these things in person so I especially appreciate your sending that photo of the four pounder. Thanks a lot!!!

John Miller

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