Object Title

Wheellock petronel - By H. D

Wheellock petronel - By H. D


about 1590

Object Number



From the Norton Hall Collection . Presented by the National Art-Collections Fund, 1942. Formally in the collection of Beriah Botfield (1807 - 1863) at Norton Hall, Northamptonshire. This collection would appear to have been formed in the 1840's. Norton Hall was acquired by Beriah Botfield's grandfather (who died in 1801), Thomas Botfield acquired it from the descendants of Nicholas Breton. Beriah Botfield restored Norton Hall to its former glories. The collection was finally purchased, with the aid of the National Art-Collections Fund, for the nation from Lady Beatrice Thynne on the occasion of her death in 1942. The purchase was negotiated with Lady Weymouth who was acting as attorney for Lord Weymouth (who was away on active service), who was tenant-for-life of the property (the collection had been settled on Lord Weymouth for life).

Physical Description

Barrel octagonal at the breech and decorated with crudely engraved foliage at breech and muzzle. Lock with external wheel with ring-shaped bearing-plate, the lockplate stamped with Nuremberg control mark and maker’s mark. Ebony stock with short, combed butt. It is elaborately inlaid in stag-horn with hunting scenes and figures in contemporary dress. Between the lock-screws are figures of Pyramus and Thisbe. where trees and foliage occur the inlays are stained green.





BarrelLength32.25 in.
BarrelLength819 mm
OverallLength42.5 in.
OverallLength1008 mm
OverallWeight3.1 kg
OverallWeight6.5 lb


Serial Number None visible


.540 in (29 bore)

Inscriptions and Marks

Maker's mark
Proof mark
Nuremberg control mark - ?

Bibliographic References

Graeme Rimer, Wheellock Firearms of the Royal Armouries, Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds, 2001. p.43, colour ill.