Photo courtesy of the FBI National Stolen Art File.

For this week’s Stolen Art Wednesday, we brought out the big guns. Well, we didn’t actually bring them out. The big guns are, after all, missing.

The FBI’s National Stolen Art Files has a category labeled “cannon,” and that category currently has a single entry. It’s for a 3-foot long bronze piece from the 1700s marked by a winged mythical creature. The file has few details, and our scant attempt to research the theft was a dud. We did find mentions of stolen cannons in Charleston, S.C., and in Romulus, Mich. (links are below). There was also a report of a missing cannon turning up in Georgia and another item about a someone trying to sell a stolen antique bronze cannon at a scrap yard.

Here is the Stolen Art File info on the piece pictured above.

Vital Stats Description: Stolen Category: Cannon Maker: Materials: bronze Measurements: 36 in Period: 18th century Additional Information: cannon Cast in relief on the top of the cannon, directly above the trunnions, is a figure of a winged lion, possibly a griffin. The “button” or knob at the breech of the cannon is noticeably off-center when viewed from the back.

Other stolen cannon reading:

Charleston, S.C. — In a city famous for cannon attacks, thieves roll away an antique cannon that had been used to draw customers to a treasure store in the historic district.
Georgia — Cops uncover a stolen cannon during an unrelated investigation, government agencies argue over who gets it.
Romulus, Mich. — Cannons are swiped from a business where they were to be reproduced for educational copies.
For more information and to report recovered objects in the NSAF, contact:

National Stolen Art File Art Theft Program,

Room 3247

Federal Bureau of Investigation

935 Pennsylvania Ave., NW

Washington, DC 20535