Object Title

Matchlock musket (toradar)

Matchlock musket (toradar)



Object Number



Acquired before 1859.

Physical Description

The brown stock is of typical north Indian shape being of pentagonal section and straight. Behind the breech it is carved with concave flutes decorated with delicate painted scrolls. The iron side plates are entirely covered with foliate decoration in gold koftgari and both ends are shaped like an animal's turned back neck. The barrel is round at the breech and covered with gold flowers in koftgari. Above this is a narrow moulding, the remainder of the barrel being chiseled with a repeat pattern of flowers with touches of gild. At the muzzle the barrel is chiseled as a beast's head gilded. No bindings to hold the barrel to the stock survive and the ramrod is missing.


Dimensions: The length of the barrel is 1216 mm, the overall length of the gun is 1670 mm. Weight: The weight of the gun is 3.9 kg.


15 mm.


Bibliographic References

John Hewitt, Official Catalogue of the Tower Armouries, London, 1859, no. xv.331, p.108.

Viscount Dillon, Illustrated guide to the Armouries, London, 1910, no. xv.320, p.18.