As a matter of fact, in the 1980 Dixie Gun Works catalog on page 334, this exact cannon is offered for $43. The ad says:Didn't Dixie sell something like this way back in the Day?
Don't be so sure. We had a very surprising incident at our house about a year ago. My wife is a serious bell collector. Almost all beautiful glass and fairly expensive. In our hillside house (walk out basement) is our finished TV room. On the wall facing the excavated Ozark rock is a concrete wall with studs and plaster board finishing. I was sitting in the room one day and heard a loud boom and felt our rock/concrete room shudder. Two large hanging shelves with about 100 bells just sorta jumped off the wires they were attached to the was with and came down breaking every bell. We tracked the sound, not hard as we are fairly rural. On a property approximately one mile west of us, and beyond a 50 foot cliff, that property owner had shot a charge of tannerite. That is what made the boom. Destructive a mile away. Being a difficult thing to prove we could not file criminal charges or insurance claims.Heard a week or two later that a woman claimed her window had been broken by the boom and she called the cops. Now her house is about a half mile from where we fired and it was a rickety old farm house that was directly in front of us.. I seriously doubt we broke her window.