Object Title

5 in mortar and bed

5 in mortar and bed

Date

1690-1710

Object Number

XIX.139

Provenance

Old Tower Collection

Physical Description

The piece has a cone-shaped breech and corresponding conical chamber. There is a dolphin formed as two naturalistic dolphins conjoined and placed transversely on the reinforce. An elevating screw is attached to the under side of the muzzle, the adjusting handle bearing on a bracket on the front of the bed. The mortar is mounted on a bed which is a reconstruction of the original design

Dimensions

Dimensions: Length: 1 ft 3.5 in (15.5 in) (39.4 cm)

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number nvn

Calibre

5.10 in _ (13 cm)

Associations

Places Italy
France

Bibliographic References

H.L.Blackmore, The Armouries of the Tower of London, Ordnance Catalogue, H.M.S.O. London 1976, p.139.

Notes

This mortar is similar in design to those invented by a Florentine named Petre and tested in France in 1693. The conical chamber merging with the bore resembles the Gomer chamber designed some eighty five years later (c.f. No.135)