Object Title

Matchlock musket (toradar)

Matchlock musket (toradar)



Object Number



Presented by the Indian Government, 1861. From the Indian Disarmament of 1859.

Physical Description

The serpentine is connected by a simple linkage inside the stock to the trigger, which is pierced with vegetal scrolls. The stock is of plain, red wood, with a narrow butt, an ivory section at the rear of the breech, and bands of fretted brass at either side of the lock. The barrel is short, of round section with a swamped and chiselled muzzle and panels of silver koftgari foliage at the breech and muzzle. It is held to the stock with two plain and four pierced brass bands.


Dimensions: overall length 139cm (54.9in) Weight: The gun weighs 2.65 kg.

Inscriptions and Marks


Bibliographic References

J. Hewitt, addendum to the Official catalogue of the Tower Armouries, London, 1865, no. Ad.275, p. 8.

Viscount Dillon, Illustrated guide to the Armouries, London, 1910, no. xv.347, p. 18 (as from Rohilkund).

C.A. Bayly, The Raj, India and the British 1600-1947, London, National Portrait Gallery, 1990, no. 315, p. 237.