Object Title

Wheellock carbine

Wheellock carbine

Date

1620-1630

Object Number

XII.50

Provenance

Old Tower Collection. Previously catalogued under the 1909 Dillon sequence as XII.64 and before that under the 1859 Hewitt (or Old War Office sequence) as XII.59. Therefore was in the collection prior to 1859.

Physical Description

Octagonal rifled barrel with copper foresight and simple Vee backsight the rifling is of eight grooves.
Lock with lockplate curved to the shape of the wheel which is mounted externally and retained by a small bearing-stud at the lower edge of the lockplate. The dog-head, pierced and engraved with monsters is not the original.
Stock with slightly downcurved cheek-butt, the butt-trap cover partly of stag-horn engraved with a hawk, the cheek-piece inlaid with Aesop's fable of the 'Wolf and the Stork'. The trigger-guard is a restoration

Dimensions

BarrelLength511mm

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number none visible

Calibre

.320 in

Inscriptions and Marks

A maker's mark I W over star is stamped at the breech and a forger's mark I or T W on the underside

Associations

Bibliographic References

J.Hewitt, Official catalogue of the Tower Armouries, London, HMSO, 1859. p.73.

Charles J.Ffoulkes, Inventory and Survey of the Armouries of the Tower of London, London, HMSO, 1916, Vol.II, p.337.