Object Title

13 in mortar and bed

13 in mortar and bed

Date

1740-1760

Object Number

XIX.134

Provenance

Old Tower Collection

Physical Description

Made for the French India Company. The lifting loop at the muzzle and the single transverse dolphin are of rococo design. The chase is inscribed COMPAGNIE DES INDES DE FRANCE and the trunnions are inscribed just below the breech FAIT PAR GOR A PARIS 1750. The underside of the large priming pan is ornamented with a mask. The right trunnion is engraved IF over 2526, probably the weight, the left No.5. The chamber is cone-shaped with a hemispherical end (a poire), the vent leading into a concave depression, as with Nos.132, 133.


Bed
Of iron. The cap-squares slide into hooked projections. The right cap-square and cheek are stamped with the number 15 and a Broad Arrow. The left cap-square bears a three figure number,now illegible. The quoin is of wood.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Length: 3 ft 3 in (39 in) (991 mm), Bed length: 4 ft 3 in (51 in), Bed width: 2ft 5in (29 in); Height: 1140 mm; width: 940 mm; depth: 1540 mm Weight: 24 cwt 1 qtr 9 lb (1235 kg)

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number nvn

Calibre

13 in (33 cm)

Associations

Bibliographic References

H.L.Blackmore, The Armouries of the Tower of London, Ordnance Catalogue, H.M.S.O. London 1976, P.130.

Notes

'Pierre Gor'
A bell and gun founder of Paris was 'Commissaire des Fontes de l'Arsenal'. He was responsible for casting the equestrian statue of Louis XV by Bouchardon formerly in the Place de la Concorde and also that of Frederick V at Copenhagen. 'Thieme-Becker Lexikon der Eildonden Kunstler', vol.XIV, 1921.