Object Title

1.1 in gun - Iron gun

1.1 in gun - Iron gun

Date

1500-1599

Object Number

XIX.114

Provenance

Taken in Benin in 1897 together with Nos.XIX.112 and 113. This probably means that they were taken by the expeditionary force commanded by Lt. Col. Bruce Hamilton.

Physical Description

The piece was intended for a pivot mounting. It is cast in one piece, the chase having 5 rings projecting at intervals. An inscription in Chinese characters engraved by the trunnions refers to the weight of the gun and probably gives the names of the officials who supervised its manufacture; it is, however, too worn for accurate translation. A slightly flared iron tube projects rearwards from the breech end of the weapon, into which the stock or butt can be inserted. The wooden butt or tiller is preserved; it is slender and slightly curved, ending in a finial carved with a whorl design

Materials

Dimensions

OverallLength1440 mm
OverallLength991 mm
StockLength650 mm

Calibre

1.1 in _ (2.8cm)

Inscriptions and Marks

Markings
Chinese characters: Probably gives the names of the officials who supervised its manufacture; it is, however, too worn for accurate translation.
above the touch hole
engraving

Associations

Places China/Asia

Bibliographic References

H.L.Blackmore, The Armouries of the Tower of London, Ordnance Catalogue, H.M.S.O. London 1976, P.114.

Notes

The projecting bands on this gun suggests the rings shrunk on the barrels of the early European iron guns of built-up construction (see No.XIX.1) and may be vestigial cf.Nos.XIX.121, 192 and 232.