Spanish colonial bronze mortar, 1700s.

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Spanish colonial bronze mortar, 1700s.
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Spanish colonial bronze mortar, 1700s. 4 kg, 5-1/4" tall and 3-3/4" in diameter (base), 1-5/8" bore. Sometimes called a "thundermug," small flat-based cannons like this were used as powder-testers and signaling guns, this one probably made in Mexico City (where it was found), with reinforced band decorations (the lower one containing the touch-hole), small handle, nice dark patina with minor pits and dents and nicks from heavy use.