Object Title

Wheellock muzzle-loading gun - Unknown

Wheellock muzzle-loading gun - Unknown

Date

dated 1592

Object Number

XII.45

Provenance

Old Tower Collection. Previously catalogued under the 1909 Dillon sequence as XII.28 and before that under the 1859 hewitt (or Old War Office sequence) as XII.32. Therefore was in the collection prior to 1859.

Physical Description

Barrel octagonal from the breech to mid-length then round, the change of section ornamented with three slender V-shaped flutes. Sights of brass, the backsight of V type. Lock with domed wheel-cover and pivoted safety-catch. The pan-cover draws back with a downwards motion. The dog-head does not belong, being from an Italian lock of later date. The stock with cheek-butt is inlaid with monsters in stag-horn. Trigger-guard restored. Original ramrod with engraved stag-horn tip

Techniques

Engraved

Materials

Dimensions

BarrelLength33.5 in
BarrelLength850.9 mm
BarrelWeight4.053 kg
BarrelWeight8.9375 lb
OverallLength44.21 in.
OverallLength1123 mm
OverallWeight4.054 kg
OverallWeight9 lb

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number None visible

Calibre

.640 in

Inscriptions and Marks

Date
1592
Breech
Stamped
Maker's mark
Arrow and lion side by side in a shield
Breech
Stamped
Maker
H R
Breech
Stamped
Maker's mark
I : B
Underside of barrel
Stamped

Bibliographic References

J.Hewitt, Official catalogue of the Tower Armouries, HMSO,1859. p.71.

Charles J.Ffoulkes, Inventory and Survey of the Armouries of the Tower of London, London, HMSO,1916, Vol.II, P.337.

Notes

The dog head was apparently taken off and swapped with that on XII.1205.
One of a set made for the guard of the Elector Christian II of Saxony. Compare No. XII.1205 from the same series.