Object Title

Matchlock musket (toradar)

Matchlock musket (toradar)



Object Number



Acquired before 1859.

Physical Description

The lock is a matchlock with a plain serpentine connected by a simple linkage to a sprung trigger. The stock is three quarter length with a narrow butt and a raised section behind the breech. It is fitted with two suspension loops, and is decorated in enamels with birds and animals amid foliage on a dark green ground. The barrel is of round section, slightly thickened and with a moulding at the breech, where there is a block backsight, and chiselled towards the muzzle with an animal head, which has incised teeth, eyes and flaring nostrils. From the mouth of this beast issues a flaring, octagonal section of the barrel, which has a small foresight. The ramrod has an elegantly carved section at its end.


BarrelLength1143 mm
OverallLength1630 mm


13 mm.

Inscriptions and Marks



Bibliographic References

John Hewitt, Official Catalogue of the Tower Armouries, London, 1859, no. xv.385, p.110.

Viscount Dillon, Illustrated guide to the Armouries, London, 1910, no. xv.194, p.17.


The third of these painted guns from Lahore, Hewitt XV.383, was signed 'Hajji Shaaban' is XXVIF.244, having been transferred from the British Museum no. OA+7371 in 2013. Another gun inscribed 'amal Hajji Shungharban' was in the Ricketts and Missilier Soplendeur des armes orientales exhibition in Paris, 1988 (no. 178), now Khalili colleaction, D Alexander Arts of War no. 116 p. 182, also with a square barrel. Another is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, no. 36.25.2153. Another barrel with the same signature, incorporated into a Deccani flintlock, is in the Royal collection at Sandringham, Purdon Clarke 1910: 23 no. 312