Object Title

Matchlock muzzle-loading musket

Matchlock muzzle-loading musket

Date

1621

Object Number

XII.10

Provenance

Old Tower Collection

Physical Description

The barrel, of square section at the breech is fluted and flared externally at the muzzle. Large V-backsight. The barrel is not that originally fitted. Lock with long narrow lockplate and slender match-holder ornamented with mouldings. The lock mechanism which incorporates a tumbler, is cocked by pulling a cord which passes through a hole in the rear of the lockplate.
Stock with cheek-butt finely decorated with strapwork, terminal figures and fine scrolls. Below the breech-strap of the barrel is the engraved date 1621. There is no trigger-guard, the lower edge of the butt being indented for the fingers instead.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: 58.25 in (1479 mm), Barrel length: 48 in (1219 mm), Weight: 9 lb 6 oz (4.25 kg)

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number nvn

Calibre

.567 in

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