Object Title

Wheellock muzzle-loading sporting musket

Wheellock muzzle-loading sporting musket

Date

1580

Object Number

XII.42

Provenance

Acquired 1855 at Christies sale of the Bernal collection, lot 2336. Previously catalogued under the 1909 Dillon sequence as XII.26 and before that under the 1859 Hewitt (or Old War Office sequence) as XII.30.

Physical Description

Of fine quality, for firing ball. Long slender barrel octagonal at the breech then round. Aperture backsight. The base of the breech, change of section and muzzle are engraved with foliage with traces of gilding, the rest of the surface being damascened with fine scrolling foliage in gold and silver and with three figures spaced at intervals representing Mars, Judith and Hope.
Lock with external wheel with flat wheel-case; pivoted safety catch. The dog-head with cocking spur of moderate length is engraved with grotesque heads.
The stock with cheek-butt is elaborately inlaid in stag-horn with hunting scenes. On the butt is a scene of a lady and gentleman in an open carriage, the cover of the butt-trap being engraved with a sportsman loading his piece and a hunter carrying a boar-spear. The indented steel trigger-guard is stamped with a mark. Ramrod with stag-horn tip, possibly original

Dimensions

BarrelLength1327mm

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number nvn

Calibre

.550 in

Inscriptions and Marks

At the breech are the mark and initials of the maker Peter Dauer or Danner together with two Nuremberg control marks. The lockplate is stamped with maker's and Nuremberg marks.

Associations

Bibliographic References

J.Hewitt, Official catalogue of the Tower Armouries, London, HMSO, 1859. p.70.

Charles J. ffoulkes, Inventory and Survey of the Armouries of the Tower of London, London, HMSO, 1916, Vol.II, P.336, ill. Plate XXXIV.