Object Title

Wheellock muzzle-loading rifle

Wheellock muzzle-loading rifle

Date

1568

Object Number

XII.1198

Provenance

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

Inlaid with stag horn dots over the entire surface of the stock

Dimensions

BarrelLength35.2 inches
BarrelLength895 mm
OverallLength1165 mm

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number None Visible visible

Calibre

.570 in (25 bore)

Inscriptions and Marks

Barrel stamped SF and the barrel forgers initials HV

Bibliographic References

Graeme Rimer, Wheellock Firearms of the Royal Armouries, Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds, 2001. p.38, colour ill.