Object Title

36 pr gun fragment - Cannon-Perier type

36 pr gun fragment - Cannon-Perier type



Object Number



Old Tower Collections.

Physical Description

The muzzle portion of a large gun, possibly a 'cannon-perier', damaged in the Grand Storehouse fire of 1841. It is cast with flat raised bands 1.5 ft apart, the space between the first band and the muzzle-ring having a fleur-de-lys in relief, the next the Tudor royal arms with greyhound and dragon supporters and the next the portcullis badge


Dimensions: Length: 58.5 in (148.5 cm)


Serial Number None visible


6.8 in (17.2 cm)


Places England

Bibliographic References

H.L.Blackmore, The Armouries of the Tower of London, Ordnance Catalogue, H.M.S.O. London 1976, p.55.


The original length is uncertain. The gun is mentioned in the Tower Guide of 1831, but no dimensions are given; 'Henry VII. A very large piece of brass ordnance of this period, marked with the King's arms, the porticullis and the fleur-de-lys.' In the guides of 1838, 1839 and 1840 reference is made to a gun, possibly this, with a length of 13ft; 'A 36 pdr brass cannon, 13ft in length, time of Henry VII. A.D. 1456' (sic).