Object Title

Percussion muzzle-loading military musket - By Mortimer

Percussion muzzle-loading military musket - By Mortimer



Object Number



Old Tower Collection

Physical Description

Stamped with London Gunmaker's Company proof marks. It has a hook breech and is secured by three slides. Lock engraved with the name of the maker MORTIMER. The original cock has been retained the upper jaw replaced by a steel striker. The nipple being fitted to a block braised into the priming pan. Brass mounts, the escutcheon plate engraved with the crest of a demi goat with above the motto 'Deus est mea spes' and below, the monogram H.K possibly that of a member of the Kympton family of Weston, Hertfordshire


BarrelLength39.37 inches
BarrelLength1000 mm
OverallLength1404 mm


Serial Number None visible


0.78 (10 bore)

Inscriptions and Marks

Barrel marked: crowned CP or GP monogram, V crowned



Harvey Walklate Mortimer
Son of Samuel Mortimer (Victualler), born 1753. Apprentice to father 1772; free of Farriers Co, 1782; elected Assistant, 1807. Gunmaker at Mr Green's ironmonger, 6 King St, Drury Lane, 1775. 41 Great Queen St, Lincoln's Inn Fields, 1779. 89 Fleet St, 1782-99. Appointed Gunmaker to George III, 1783. Contractor to East India Co, 1796-1806.
Specialised in repeating pistols and goldmounted guns for the Eastern market. Advertised 'For the Inspection of the Curious, just finished, Three pair of Elegant Pistols, mounted in solid gold value £547 intended as a present to a foreign Prince', 1784 ('Morning Herald,' 20 August). Registered mark as smallworker at Goldsmiths Hall, 1798. Made gold-mounted firearms set with diamonds for U.S Government as presents for Bey of Tunis, 1801-2. Member of Law Association Volunteers, proved their muskets, 1803.
His own musket in Inns of Court Museum, London. Became H.W. Mortimer, Son & T. Mortimer. Retired 1811, died 1819.
Recorded in 'A Dictionary of London Gunmaker 1350-1850 by Howard L. Blackmore 1986.