Canon of 36 ball books

Canon of 36 books of cannon © National Museum of the Navy / A. Fux

Canon of 36 Ball Books, 1680
Bronze, melted by Jean Baubé, master founder
L .: 3,27; Weight: 3076 kg
Cession National Marine. Inv. 2012.105.1

This canon is one of the most beautiful marine guns known to date. Only two other canons fused by Baubé are known, one canon of 24 books in inventory at the museum and another preserved in Italy. The renowned Jean Baubé, managed the foundry of Toulon, with title of GENERAL FOUNDER OF ARTILLERY AND MARINE OF FRANCE from 1669 to 1681.


The quality of the barrel is exceptional both in its bronze as in this very rare breech button in the form of chained slave and the rich decoration of the barrel (allegorical decoration surrounding the weapons of France on the first reinforcement, rare handling handles in the form of mermaids, on the fly: anchor with profile of the king, fulminant cloud, ornaments of collar).
The caliber of 36 books still uncommon in 1680, is present only on the largest buildings of the royal fleet: the first-rate ships (over 100 guns). He thus testifies of a prestigious artillery.


It could come from the Royal Louis ship, built in 1780. Renamed the Republican, this ship was lost in 1794 at the entrance to the Brest gully. His artillery, saved in part, could have been recovered from the Royal Louis 1692. This type of recovery was commonly practiced between ships of the same name.

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