Object Title

Wheellock pistol

Wheellock pistol



Object Number



From the Norton Hall Collection. Presented by the National Art-Collections Fund, 1942. Formerly in the collection of Beriah Botfield (1807-1863) at Norton Hall, Northamptonshire. Norton Hall was acquired by Beriah Botfield's grandfather, Thomas Botfield (who died in 1801), who had acquired it from the descendants of Nicholas Breton for the sum of £37,000. His son Beriah Botfield restored Norton Hall to its former glories. Tthis collection would appear to have been formed in the 1840's. The collection was finally purchased for the nation from Lady Beatrice Thynne on the occasion of her death. The full sum paid for the collection, some 556 objects or so, would appear to have been £2,650 and 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 been settled on Lord Weymouth for life by Lady Thynne.).

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.


BarrelLength11.3 in
OverallLength17.75 in


Serial Number None visible


.57 in (25 bore)