Object Title

Cartridge carrier

Cartridge carrier



Object Number



Acquired before 1859.

Physical Description

Comprises a rectangular piece of leather covered on the front with red velvet elaborately embroidered with a leaf pattern in metallic yellow thread, forming nine pockets. Each pocket holds an ivory cartridge, cylindrical in shape with a domed stopper having a green stained border and a carved lotus finial. The backing, which presumably held loops for attachment to a belt, is missing.


Dimensions: length 250 mm, width 110 mm. Each ivory cartridge is 105 mm long. Weight: The weight of the object is 0.5 kg.

Inscriptions and Marks



Bibliographic References

J. Hewitt, Official catalogue of the Tower Armouries, London, 1859, no. xv.615, p.120.

Viscount Dillon, Illustrated guide to the Armouries, London, 1910, no. xv.682.

S Stronge (ed.) The arts of the Sikh Kingdoms, London, V&A Publications, 1999: 224, no. 120, pl. 160.

Thom Richardson, An introduction to Indian arms and armour, Leeds, Royal Armouries, 2007: 1