Object Title

Wheellock muzzle-loading carbine - N/A

Wheellock muzzle-loading carbine - N/A

Date

about 1620-30

Object Number

XII.1239

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. 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 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

Barrel octagonal from the breech to nearly mid-length, then round. The breech is stamped with a nearly obliterated mark. Dog-head with baluster-shaped arm. A maker's mark is stamped on the inner side of the lock-plate. Stock with narrow, combed shoulder-butt inlaid with scrollwork in steel wire. Steel trigger-guard pierced and engraved. On the left side is a bar and ring for the hook of a suspension belt. The stock is stamped I I G I I N in front of the lock.

Techniques

Handmade, Inlaid

Materials

Dimensions

BarrelLength27.4 in.
BarrelLength696 mm
OverallLength40 in.
OverallLength1016 mm
OverallWeight1.9 kg
OverallWeight4.14 lb

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number None Visible visible

Calibre

.490 in (38 bore)

Inscriptions and Marks

Maker's mark
?
The inner side of the lockplate.
Stamped
Inscription
I I G I I N
Stock
Engraving