Object Title

Matchlock musket (toradar)

Matchlock musket (toradar)



Object Number



Acquired before 1859. From Lahore.

Physical Description

The wooden stock is carved at the fore end, breech and neck of the butt, with foliage, and at the end of the butt with rows of leaves surmounted by parrots, all painted green and gold. The edges of the stock and the fittings are similarly painted gold with stylised flowers in polychrome. The smoothbore barrel is of watered steel, finely decorated in gold onlay (koftgari) with geometrical patterns of leaves at the muzzle, breech and barrel tang.


Dimensions: length 1530 mm, barrel length 104 mm


13 mm

Inscriptions and Marks



Bibliographic References

John Hewitt, Official Catalogue of the Tower Armouries, London, 1859, no. xv.384, p.110.

Viscount Dillon, Illustrated guide to the Armouries, London, 1910, no. xv.193, p.17.

S Stronge (ed.) The arts of the Sikh Kingdoms, London, V&A Publications, 1999: 224, no. 119, pl. 158.

Thom Richardson, An introduction to Indian arms and armour, Leeds, Royal Armouries, 2007: 30


This is one of a group of two (formerly three) matchlock guns from Lahore with painted stocks in the Royal Armouries collections, see XXVIF.244 and XXVIF.99.