This is a great 1841 Model Ames Foundry 12 lb. Mountain Howitzer on reproduction carriage. These are probably the most desirable field piece among collectors today due to their relatively small stature, classic construction and general history. It shows wonderful condition with beautiful markings. I have a similar example in my office and these are just spectacular display and conversation pieces. When used as a giant shotgun at crucial locations, a pair of 12 pounders could be used with devastating effect to scatter hundreds of 1" lead balls at high velocity upon the enemy. They were used by both North and South with this one dated 1863, certainly issued to the North. Several were captured by both sides and turned against the original bearers. In my opinion, this is the optimum Civil War Collectible. I'd rather have 1 of these monsters in my display room than an entire wall of muskets. I cannot stress how difficult it is to find these smaller guns. Only a handful have been offered in the past ten years and I have been lucky enough that this is my third offering. There is no charge for delivery on this gun East of the Mississippi but a surcharge of an addition $500.00+ to the west of that point (depending on location). A similar gun with NO CARRIAGE sold at auction recently for over $64,000.00. A carriage runs about $8,000 - $10,000.00. That means only an Ames Mountain Howitzer tube sold for almost $65k and it was in no better condition than this one. Shop and compare, then check out our other field pieces throughout the pages of this website.