Object Title

Matchlock muzzle-loading arquebus - Or Caliver

Matchlock muzzle-loading arquebus - Or Caliver

Date

about 1560

Object Number

XII.8

Provenance

Old Tower Collection

Physical Description

Octagonal barrel with foresight and tubular backsight. A maker's mark is stamped twice on the left of the breech together with another mark these being repeated on the underside. Lock with narrow lockplate stamped with two marks. The mechanism is similar to that of the locks of Nos. XII.6 and 7. Stock with slender shoulder-butt of a style often seen with the larger musket. Bore, barrel length, weight and proportions all mark this as an arquebus or caliver however ('caliver' being simply an arquebus of a certain calibre). A mark is stamped behind the breech-strap, there is a War Department stamp above the lock. The ramrod groove is open for its entire length. A portion of the ramrod with female threaded steel tip remains. Trigger lever restored, several repairs to the stock including most of the toe of the butt.

Techniques

Forging, Filing, Wood carving

Materials

Dimensions

BarrelLength38.75 in.
BarrelLength984 mm
OverallLength51.969 in.
OverallLength1320 mm
OverallWeight4.54 kg
OverallWeight10 lb

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number None Visible

Calibre

.65 in

Inscriptions and Marks

Ownership mark
Broad arrow and 'WD'
Butt
Stamping
Unknown
Two circles connected by a line (like a dumbbel/barbelll)
Lockplate
stamping
Maker's mark
Unidentified symbols (x3 - two identical marks on upper flat, another on the lower)
Breech (left side)
Engraving

Associations

People Unknown