Object Title

Wheellock musket - By C.I.F.W.

Wheellock musket - By C.I.F.W.


about 1610

Object Number



From the Norton Hall Collection . Presented by the National Art-Collections Fund, 1942. Formally in the collection of Beriah Botfield (1807 - 1863) at Norton Hall, Northamptonshire. This collection would appear to have been formed in the 1840's. Norton Hall was acquired by Beriah Botfield's grandfather (who died in 1801), Thomas Botfield acquired it from the descendants of Nicholas Breton. Beriah Botfield restored Norton Hall to its former glories. The collection was finally purchased, with the aid of the National Art-Collections Fund, for the nation from Lady Beatrice Thynne on the occasion of her death in 1942. The purchase was negotiated with Lady Weymouth who was acting as attorney for Lord Weymouth (who was away on active service), who was tenant-for-life of the property (the collection had been settled on Lord Weymouth for life).

Physical Description

Octagonal barrel intended for use with ball, the underside stamped with a mark. The barrel is probably not that which was originally fitted. Lock with lockplate covered with brass, gilt and decorated with a punched design of flowers and foliage. Gilt brass wheel-caseing decorated en suite. The pan-cover draws back in an arch. Stock with cheek-butt, inlaid with scroll and strapwork in stag-horn. A couchant stag is placed on the cheek-piece and a plaque at the base of the ramrod groove is engraved with an arquebusier. Below the latter are incised the initials and date C.I.F.W. 1785. Gilt brass trigger-guard ornamented with a half figure and scallop-shells in relief. Gilt brass butt-plate decorated en suite with the lock with the foliage and a dog.





BarrelLength42 in.
BarrelLength1067 mm
OverallWeight4.87 kg
OverallWeight10.75 lb


Serial Number None visible


.645 in (17 bore)

Inscriptions and Marks

Maker's name and date
C.I.F.W. 1785
Base of ramrod groove