Object Title

Wheellock pistol

Wheellock pistol

Date

1630

Object Number

XII.1269

Provenance

Purchased from the Beriah Botfield collection at Norton Hall, Northamptonshire, with the aid of the National Art Collections Fund, 1942. (Norton Hall No.161) Presented by the National Art Collections Fund, 1942. Formerly in the collection of Beriah Botfield (1807-1863) at Norton Hall, Northamptonshire. The Norton Hall collection number was 161 and it was described as a 'pistol'. 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, who acquired it from the descendants of Nicholas Breton. Beriah Botfield restored Norton Hall to its former glories. The collection was finally purchased for the nation from Lady Beatrice Thynne on the occasion of her death. The purchase was negotiated with Lady Weymouth who was acting attorney for Lord Weymouth (who was away on active service), who was tenant - for - life of the property (the collection had settled on Lord Weymouth for life).

Physical Description

Octagonal barrel with raised mouldings at the breech. Locks with external wheels with narrow, semi-circular bearing-plates, the dog-head arms being baluster-shaped. Stock with butt of flattened oval section the grip having only a slight downward slant. The decoration consists of small inlaid panels of pierced steel tracery, the trigger-guard being pierced en suite. A belt hook is fitted on the left side.

Dimensions

BarrelLength11.3in
OverallLength17.75in

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number nvn

Calibre

.57 in (25 bore)