Object Title

Matchlock gun

Matchlock gun



Object Number



Acquired before 1859.

Physical Description

The barrel is round for its entire length, swelling into a boulbous muzzle pierced with ahole that once held a foresight. Towards the breech is a join that divides the barrel into two sections. The shape of the attached pan, fitted with a sheet iron cover, and the muzzle suggests that this barrel has been made from by cutting out a section from the middle of an Indian barrel. The stock is of pale coloured wood, the pistol grip being shaped by splicing on a separate piece. There are staples in this position that suggest that there was once a pouch attached to the side of the stock. The stock is shaped for the fitting of a bipod in the manner of a Tibetan gun. Around the breech is a copper band that extends into an apron. The gun has the usual simple trigger and serpentine.


Dimensions: The length of the barrel is 1105 mm, the overall length of the gun being 1475mm. Weight: The weight of the gun is 4.03 kg.



Inscriptions and Marks

Along the top of the barrel nera the breech is an inscription that appears to refer to an arsenal and the numer 154.


Places China

Bibliographic References

J. Hewitt, Official catalogue of the Tower Armouries, London, 1859, no. xv.489, p.113.

Viscount Dillon, Illustrated guide to the Armouries, London, 1910, no. xv.623, p.4.