Object Title

Matchlock muzzle-loading gun

Matchlock muzzle-loading gun

Date

1700

Object Number

XII.16

Provenance

Possibly the gun acquired from H.D. & S.Falche in 1846.

Physical Description

Heavy Barrel octagonal at the breech the muzzle flared and chiselled with a monster's head.
Lock with lockplate of wheel-lock shape. Scear of wheel-lock type set by means of an external press-stud, the match-holder falling with a snap action on the scear being released. Sliding pan-cover the arm of which engages with a notch cut in the scear lever. The lockplate is engraved with scrolling acanthus foliage and a dragon.
Stock with large, deep shoulder-butt crudely carved with a centaur and a hunting scene, the fore-end having repeating ornament of a vaguely 'Tudor' character.

Dimensions

BarrelLength43.9inches
BarrelLength1115mm
OverallLength1058mm

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number none visible

Calibre

1.8 in

Associations

Places Germany

Notes

This gun, apart from the lock, is entirely a production of the first half of the 19th century, the barrel being possibly an old one cut down from the breech end and the muzzle heated and spread to its present shape.
The lock is a good specimen of a very late match-lock of the type sometimes fitted to certain guns used for target shooting in the late 17th and early 18th centuries.
Described as:' Curious Matchlock time of Henry 8th with carved stock and ornamental lock and barrel'.
(W.C.44/305).