Object Title

2.5 in falcon

2.5 in falcon

Date

1500-1540

Object Number

XIX.15

Provenance

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

Physical Description

Octagonal with mouldings at breech and muzzle. The cascabel button is cylindrical in shape. The touch-hole is surrounded by the letter C or G in relief, and further forward, on either side of the top flat, are two unidentified shields-of-arms (Both 'paly of six').

Dimensions

Dimensions: Length: 100 in (254 cm)

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number nvn

Calibre

2.5 in _ (6.3 cm)

Associations

Places Flanders

Bibliographic References

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

Notes

The letter mark on this gun is similar to that on a group of cannon in the Musee de l'Armee, Paris (Nos. 72-73, 80-81, 83-84), some of which bear as well the salamander device of Francis I, 1515-47. The arms on the gun were borne by number of European families. The identification in the 1916 'Inventory' of this gun and of No.XIX.14 with two Venetian guns in the 1547 Inventory (App.1) has no warrant; 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, 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 was 11cwt 3qtr 19lb. Porrett recommended that the guns be bought for the Tower (W.0. 44/305).