Object Title

Matchlock musket (toradar)

Matchlock musket (toradar)



Object Number



From the Indian disarmament of 1859, presented by the Indian Government, 1861.

Physical Description

The wood of the stock is a rich brown colour finished with a polished surface. The stock steps down behind the breech becoming pentagonal in section, slender and long in the manner of Gwalior. The butt-cap is of ivory, next to which is a wide iron collar, decorated like all of the iron elements of this gun, in dense gold koftgari decoration of foliage and flowers. There are sideplates and the area behind the breech is also plated (a strip, probably of ivory, at this point being missing, as is a plate formerly covering the underside of the breech area). There is a gilded pricker on a chain and a plain iron sling swivle. The barrel is round, completely covered in gold, with a narrow foliate border on either side. It is held into the stock by 6 gilded bands that expand into pierced rondels on top. The gun retains its sling of purple velvet with a gold orris braid facing.


Dimensions: overll length 1648 mm, barrel length 1146 mm Weight: 2950 g


14 mm

Inscriptions and Marks



Places India,

Bibliographic References

J Hewitt, Official Catalogue of the Tower Armouries, London, 1870: 7, Add. 273.

Harold, Viscount Dillon, Illustrated Guide to the Armouries, Tower of London, London, 1910: xv.737.


Hewitt suggests this may be from Awadh (Oudh).