Object Title

Gun and carriage

Gun and carriage



Object Number



Old Tower Collection

Physical Description

Half a battery of ten similar guns made for Prince Charles, later Charles II. The second reinforce bears the badge of the Prince of Wales and C.P., the first reinforce being inscribed THOMAS PIT MADE THIS PEECE 1639. The touch-hole is bushed with steel. This gun and its fellows are slightly smaller than the preceding series Nos.24-28, the mouldings being lighter and more graceful. The Carriage is similar to the one described with No.24


Dimensions: Length: 24 in (61 cm), Overall length: 26.5 in (67.3 cm) Weight: 1 qtr 12 lb (18.1 kg)


Serial Number None visible


1.1 in (2.8 cm)


Places England

Bibliographic References

H.L.Blackmore, The Armouries of the Tower of London, Ordnance Catalogue, H.M.S.O. London 1976, p.66.


'Thomas Pitt'
Son of Henry Pitt and brother of Richard. He died in 1645 and in his will is described as ' of the Tower of London Gunfounder'. A Mortar by Thomas Pit is at Blair Castle, the property of Duke of Atholl.
This family of gunfounders had a foundry in Houndsditch and were active from about 1535 in which year they are stated by Stowe to have been working in association with the Owen brothers. Only with the later generations have the first names been recorded by which date they were living and working in or close by the Tower of London.