Noonday Gun from a San Antonio Mission
A gunshot fired in the air told people working the fields that it was time for the noonday meal
The world of a Spanish mission complex was governed by routine. Each day at noon, a soldier fired a "noonday" shot. In turn, a priest would ring the bells to call the people in from the fields to eat. This piece is from a noonday gun used in San Antonio. The "MR" symbol stands for "Mexico Real," meaning the gun was made at the Royal Spanish Arsenal in Mexico City.
Texas Museum of Military History, San Antonio
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