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Re: Naval line gun
Posted by John S. on Tuesday, 26 January 2016, at 11:34 p.m., in response to Naval line gun, posted by Tim DeLong on Tuesday, 26 January 2016, at 6:49 p.m.
Most of the trapdoor line throwers seem to have been converted during WW2, although some were done perhaps as early as WW1. Many have the name of the seller marked on the wood box, usually on the inside, sometimes with a date and or U.S. Coast Guard approval information or a date. Coston or Naval Company seem to be the main suppliers.
The conversions were not done by a military facility.
I would really like to know what markings are in the box, and also any markings on the rope containers or the brass rods.
The rope winders are very scarce.
The boxed gun and lines, etc are frequently found for sale priced around $1,500. There is one on GunBroker priced around $1,900 which has not sold in over a year.
The winder may bring $500 by itself but that is just a guess as I have not seen one of those for sale for many years.
This rig sounds like it may be the one Ray Maketa had, which ended up being sold to the "Pawn Stars" folks, and was part of an auction of their stuff, but this lot apparently did not meet the reserve and did not sell.
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