Civil War Artillery Lanyard - Inventory Number: ART 237 / SOLD
Excellent, original condition artillery lanyard used by artillerymen
during the Civil War. This item was
used to fire the cannons by hooking it to a friction primer placed in the
cannon vent hole and giving a hard “yank”. The lanyard device consists of a
turned wooden handle secured to a thirteen-foot length of hemp line. The wood
handle measures 4½” long and is 1” in diameter at its center point, then tapers
to a ‘button cap’ at each end. The lanyard line is approximately 1/8” thick and
is still tightly woven and quite strong. At the end of the lanyard is a small
iron hook that was to be hooked onto the friction primer.
This interesting and rarely encountered artifact from the Civil War is an original, artillery lanyard in excellent condition.
Inventory Number: ART 237 / SOLD