Object Title

Gun and carriage

Gun and carriage

Date

1639

Object Number

XIX.33

Provenance

Old Tower Collection

Physical Description

Half a battery of ten similar guns made for Prince Charles, later Charles II. 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.
The inscription is very worn and almost illegible. The weight is engraved on the reinforce.


_ Carriage
Similar to those of the preceding series

Dimensions

Dimensions: Length: 2 ft (62 cm), Overall length: 2 ft 2.5 in (67.3 cm) Weight: 1 qtr 12 lb (18.1 kg)

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number nvn

Calibre

1.0 in (2.54 cm)

Associations

Places England

Bibliographic References

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

Notes

'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.