Object Title

Snaphaunce muzzle-loading sporting gun - Possibly by Robert Alison II of Dundee

Snaphaunce muzzle-loading sporting gun - Possibly by Robert Alison II of Dundee

Date

dated 1614

Object Number

XII.63

Provenance

Transferred from the Military Depository Woolwich, about 1820-1850. Formerly in the collection of Louis XIII of France.

Physical Description

Slender Barrel of round section with a flat on either side running nearly to the muzzle; there is raised flange at the base of the breech into which is cut the backsight notch. The barrel is ornamented with raised bands, one at the breech and two further forward engraved and gilt with interlaced strapwork enclosing flower heads, the space between the two latter bands being engraved with a blank shield. The engraved and gilt pattern also occurs at the muzzle. Lock with brass lockplate, pan and pan-cover. Laterally pivoted scear the nose passing through the lockplate and engaging with a spur on the heel of the cock. The entire lock is engraved with conventional foliage, the lockplate having been originally gilt. Stock, Brazil Wood, with slender, slightly upcurved shoulder-butt inlaid in silver with piquee dots and occasional small engraved plaques including a thistle and a Tudor Rose. Long steel trigger-guard. Ramrod missing.

Techniques

Handmade

Materials

Dimensions

BarrelLength38 in
BarrelLength965 mm
OverallLength50.5 in
OverallLength1282.7 mm
OverallWeight2.013 kg
OverallWeight4.7 lb oz

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number None visible

Calibre

.450 in (51 bore)

Inscriptions and Marks

Royal inventory number
129
Base of the fore-end
Stamped
Date
1614
Breech and end of the pan
Engraved
Maker's mark
Possibly that of Robert Alison II of Dundee
Breech and Lockplate
Stamped

Associations

Bibliographic References

John Hewitt, Official Catalogue of the Tower Armouries, London, 1859, p.74

Sir Sibald D. Scott, The British Army, Vol.2, London and New York, 1868, p.286, illus. (Plate XXXVI)

C ffoulkes, Inventory and Survey of the Armouries of the Tower of London, London, 1916, vol.II, p.340, illus. (Plate XXXIII)