Object Title

Gun and bed

Gun and bed



Object Number



An iron gun recovered from the Mary Rose in 1840, together with XIX.167, and purchased in the same year by the Board of Ordnance.

Physical Description

Of built-up construction, being formed of flat iron bars with iron hoops passed over them and shrunk on. The iron bars forming the bore having disappeared for over half the length, leaving the hoops unsupported. The breech and an unknown length from the muzzle end are missing. One hoop with eyes for approx two rings remains, one ring being preserved

The bed, possibly that belonging to the gun, is formed from a heavy piece of elm of square section only the rear portion being preserved. The upper part is hollowed to take the gun and split longitudinally, an opening at the rear having possibly been originally a slot for a wooden upright to prevent recoil. An unknown length, probably not less than five feet, is missing from the front and some six inches from the rear. There are three rectangular holes on either side which probably held ringbolts


Dimensions: Present length: 72 in (182.9 cm),, BED: Length right side: 74 in (188 cm), Length left side : 58 in (147.3 cm), Width max: 20.5 in (52.1 cm), Depth max: 17 in (43.2 cm)


Serial Number nvn


Approx 6 in _ (15.2 cm)


Bibliographic References

H.L.Blackmore, The Armouries of the Tower of London.


At the time of purchase it was with its own chamber on the original wooden bed and is apparently the gun illustrated by Sir S.D. Scott in 'The British Army' (London, 1868), II, pl.18. When ffoulkes catalogued it in 1916 it still had its 'rings for lifting; chamber and wooden bed'. Cf. No.XIX.2, 163 and 167.