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2.7 in falcon

2.7 in falcon



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Possibly purchased from Lady Maitland, widow of Rear Admiral Sir Frederick Maitland, in 1842 by the Board of Ordnance the Tower of London.

Physical Description

The gun is of slender form and octagonal section with mouldings at breech and muzzle. In front of the base-ring is a band of relief ornament, the design consisting of alternative trefoils and fleur-de-lys spring from foliage. Further forward is an unidentified shield of arms, the charge probably being a tree


Dimensions: Length: 2519mm; 2385mm; Alternative measurements: overall length: 4210 mm; height: 1180 mm; depth: 1610 mm


Serial Number None visible


2.688 in _ (68 mm)


Places Flanders

Bibliographic References

H.L.Blackmore, The Armouries of the Tower of London, Ordnance Catalogue, H.M.S.O. London 1976, p.110.


The identification in the 1915 Inventory of this gun and No.XIX.15 with two Venetion guns in the 1547 Inventory has no warrant and they may more probably be identified with two guns purchased by the Board of Ordnance from Lady Maitland, widow of Rear-Admiral Sir Frederick Maitland in 1842. On the 5th May, 1842, Robert Porrett, Chief Clerk to the Principal Store Keeper to the Board of Ordnance reported that when at Woolwich he had seen 'two very curious small pieces of Brass Ordnance captured by the late Sir Frederick Maitland on the Coast of Spain'. The guns were of octagonal form and of a bore approximated to the English 2pdr, their joint weight 11cwt 3qtrs 19lb. He recommended that the guns be purchased for the Tower. (W.O.44/305).