Object Title

Matchlock muzzle-loading wall gun - Harquebus

Matchlock muzzle-loading wall gun - Harquebus

Date

Dated 1562

Object Number

XII.5

Provenance

Formerly Class XII.20 (Dillon 1909-1916), Class XII.5 (Hewitt 1857-1909). Tower Arsenal

Physical Description

Long, heavy octagonal barrel with back and foresights, the top flat incised with the date 1562. There is a recoil block or 'hook' on the underside eighteen inches from the muzzle projecting through the fore-end. It is stamped on the right side with a crescent shaped mark. Lock fitted with pan with a pivoted cover. The match-holder is mounted behind the pan working with a forward movement and has an external spring. The lock has a scear, the nose of which projects through the lockplate and engages with the toe of the match-holder which has to be cocked by hand. Stock with straight shoulder-butt. Steel trigger-guard without indentations for the fingers. There is a War Department mark on the underside of the stock by the screw securing the breech-strap. The barrel-bed is incised with the number VIII.

Techniques

N/A

Materials

Dimensions

OverallLength0 in
OverallLength0 mm
OverallWeight14.6 kg
OverallWeight32.3 lb
BarrelLength53.8 in
BarrelLength1365 mm

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number None visible

Calibre

.850 in (9.5 bore)

Inscriptions and Marks

Date
1562
The top flat
Incised
Maker's mark?
Cresent shaped mark
On the right side
Stamped
War Department Mark
N/A
Underside of the stock by the screw.
Stamped
?
VIII
Barrel Bed
Incised

Associations

Bibliographic References

John Hewitt, Official Catalogue of the Tower Armouries, London, 1859: p.68

C ffoulkes, Inventory and Survey of the Armouries of the Tower of London, London, 1916, vol.II, p.332