[Toy] Coast Artillery Cannon, No. 890
Baldwin Manufacturing Company, Inc., Brooklyn, New York, c. 1940
17 inches long, 6.5 inches high, 4.5 inches wide
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A toy tin model of a coast artillery cannon. It is of typical form, the long barreled gun resting on a red-painted stand. Originally the toy was made for loading and firing of a projectile. Presumably it is a model of a weapon used by the U.S. Army Coast Artillery Corps (CAC). This unit was responsible for coastal, harbor, and anti-aircraft defense of the United States between 1901 and 1950.
Baldwin Manufacturing Company produced a variety of military related tin toys and board games just prior to and in the early years of World War II, including Air Defense (military board game, 1939); Coast Defense Gun; Coast Artillery Cannon; Par-A-Shoot Target Game (1940); U.S. Aircraft Carrier; Victory; Sink the Invader (1941); Aerial Bomber (military board game 1942); etc.
Original label with company B logo: No. 890/ MADE IN UNITED STATES OF AMERICA BY/ BALDWIN MANUFACTURING COMPANY, INC./ BROOKLYN, N.Y.
Condition: Generally good with the usual overall oxidation and wear to metal and paint. Sold as a decorative collectible toy, not for firing as originally intended (for which it has not been now tested for functionality).