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Object Title

Gun - 2-pounder and carriage

Gun - 2-pounder and carriage

Date

1773

Object Number

XIX.79

Provenance

Probably cast for ornamental reasons for the Chevalier de Boyer d`Argens but then seized by the French Army of Egypt after the capture of Malta in 1789.

Physical Description

The barrel comprises a base ring, cascable and button, first reinforce, second reinforce, chase and muzzle.The gun is very richly decorated in high relief; a trellis pattern of laurel branches covers almost the entire reinforce. On the second reinforce are two shields-of-arms, of the Order of St.John and of Francisco Ximinez de Texado. Grand Master, 1773-1775; they are backed by a trophy of banners and shields charged with crescents; above is a helmet crested with an eagle, the whole surmounted by a coronet. The first reinforce bears a portrait bust, probably of the Grand Master, in an oval frame held by cherubs and resting on a pedestal inscribed TERRENI FVLMINA MARTIS (the thunderbolts of earthly war), the plinth being inscribed LE. C. DE BOYER D'ARGENS COM. The chase bears a Turkish trophy and an eagle holding a wreath and by the muzzle astragal a portrait head in an oval frame which is inscribed PHILIP LATTERELLVS ROM. DELIN ET SCVL. Above is a scroll with the date 1773. The muzzle is inscribed ET POMPA ET VSV (both for display and service). The base-ring bears the inscription HORATIVS ANTONIVS ALBERGHETTVS PVB. FVS. VEN. AN. MDCLXXXIV. The vent is placed at the upper edge of the cascable and below it is a scroll inscribed SCINTILLA SVFFICIT VNA (a single spark suffices). The cascablel button is formed as the head of Medusa.
The carriage trail is carved with two Furies grasping torches, the wheels representing suns with the spokes forming rays.


Carriage
The trail is carved with two Furies grasping torches, the wheels representing suns with the spokes forming rays. The edge of the breast transom is incised PE..../SPAGNA/...., most of the first and the third word being illegible, and the trail transom bears the letters A.R

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Techniques

Cast

Materials

Dimensions

CarriageDiameter41 in
CarriageDiameter1041 mm
CarriageLength90 in
CarriageLength2286 mm
BarrelLength56 in
BarrelLength61 in
BarrelLength1422 mm
BarrelLength1549 mm

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number MDCLXXXIV

Calibre

2.5 in

Inscriptions and Marks

Inscription
A.R.
Trail transom
Inscribed
Portrait
Believed to be Chevalier de Boyer d`Argens in an oval frame held by cherubs and resting on pedesta inscribed TERRENI FVLMINA MARTIS [the thunderbolts of earthly war], the plinth being inscribed LE C. DE BOYER D`ARGENS COM.
First reinforce
In relief
Inscription
ET POMPA ET VSV [both for display and service]
Muzzle
Inscribed
Inscription
HORATIVS ANTONIVS ALBERGHETTVS PVB, FVS. VEN. AN. MDCLXXXIV.
Base ring
Inscribed
Ornamentation
Head of Medusa
Button
Casting
Shield of Arms
Order of St. John and Francisco Ximenez de Texado, Grand Master of the Order 1773-5. These are backed by a trophy of banners and shields charged with crescents. Above is a helmet crested with an eagle, the whole surmounted by a coronet.
Second reinforce
In relief
Inscription
PE[TRUS?] SPAGNA[INV?]
Breast transom
Inscribed
Inscription
Scroll with SCINTILLA SVFFICIT VNA [a single spark suffices]
Vent
Inscribed
Ornamentation
The hubs representing the sun and the spokes the sun`s rays.
Carriage wheels
Carving
coat of arms
Trophy of arms containing a portrait head in an oval frame inscribed PHILIP LATTARELLVS ROM. DELIN ET SCVL. Above is a scroll dated 1773.
Muzzle astragal
In relief
Ornamentation
Turkish trophy with an eagle holding a wreath.
Chase
In relief
Ornamentation
Two Furies grasping torches.
Carriage trail
Carving

Associations

Places Italy

Bibliographic References

H.L.Blackmore, The Armouries of the Tower of London, Ordnance Catalogue, H.M.S.O. London 1976, p.137.

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Thumbnail image of 2 pr gun and carriage Made of bronze. Cast by Alberghetti. Carriage contemporary XIX.79
Thumbnail image of 2 pr gun and carriage Made of bronze. Cast by Alberghetti. Carriage contemporary XIX.79
Thumbnail image of 2 pr gun and carriage Made of bronze. Cast by Alberghetti. Carriage contemporary XIX.79
Thumbnail image of 2 pr gun and carriage Made of bronze. Cast by Alberghetti. Carriage contemporary XIX.79
Thumbnail image of 2 pr gun and carriage Made of bronze. Cast by Alberghetti. Carriage contemporary XIX.79
Thumbnail image of 2 pr gun and carriage Made of bronze. Cast by Alberghetti. Carriage contemporary XIX.79
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Thumbnail image of Gun - 2-pounder and carriage An extremely highly decorated gun and carriage.
Thumbnail image of Gun - 2-pounder and carriage An extremely highly decorated gun and carriage.
Thumbnail image of Gun - 2-pounder and carriage An extremely highly decorated gun and carriage.
Thumbnail image of Gun - 2-pounder and carriage An extremely highly decorated gun and carriage.
Thumbnail image of Gun - 2-pounder and carriage An extremely highly decorated gun and carriage.
Thumbnail image of Gun - 2-pounder and carriage An extremely highly decorated gun and carriage.
Thumbnail image of Gun - 2-pounder and carriage An extremely highly decorated gun and carriage.
Thumbnail image of Gun - 2-pounder and carriage An extremely highly decorated gun and carriage.
Thumbnail image of Gun - 2-pounder and carriage An extremely highly decorated gun and carriage.
Thumbnail image of Gun - 2-pounder and carriage An extremely highly decorated gun and carriage.
Thumbnail image of Gun - 2-pounder and carriage An extremely highly decorated gun and carriage.