Object Title

Model Gun and Carriage - Blomefield Pattern

Model Gun and Carriage - Blomefield Pattern

Date

1850-1870

Object Number

XIX.188

Provenance

Old Tower Collection

Physical Description

A model in bronze of an iron 32pdr gun of 56cwt., being a Blomefield design of 1800 (cf. Nos.XIX.39 and 185). It is cast with a vent patch, the cascabel having a breeching loop and the base ring being incised with quarter-sight scales. The first reinforce bears a Broad Arrow, the weight 1-6-0 and the date, the latter too worn to be decipherable. The vent has not been drilled but is indicated by a punch mark


Carriage
The gun is mounted on a wooden garrison carriage, an exact model of a full size carriage but with all the iron fittings, including the trucks, made in brass. It is fitted with a ratchet elevating screw. The carriage is made with great attention to detail even to the leather loop for the priming wires on the left bracket. The leading edge of the right bracket is stamped 32 PR 56 CWT RCD (Royal Carriage Department). The rear trucks, elevating screw, stool bed and quoin are restorations

Dimensions

Dimensions: Length: 1 ft 6.9 in (48 cm), Overall length: 20 8 in (52.8cm) Weight: 1 qtr 6 lb (15.4 kg)

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number 13

Calibre

1.1 in (2.8 cm)

Inscriptions and Marks

Left trunnion: stamped R.G.F. (Royal Gun Factory).Right trunnion: 13

Associations

Places England

Bibliographic References

H.L.Blackmore, The Armouries of the Tower of London, Ordnance Catalogue, H.M.S.O. London 1976, p.178.

Notes

This model is part of a series, together with Nos XIX.189 and 190, made at the Royal Gun Factory at Woolwich in about 1860 either for instructional purposes or as a record of the ordnance in service at that date. The scale used is 2in=1ft.