Object Title

Wheellock gun

Wheellock gun



Object Number



Transferred from the Rotunda Museum, Woolwich in 1927

Physical Description

Barrel octagonal at the breech engraved with three bands of foliage and stamped with the maker's mark (twice), a control mark, possibly that of Bremen [incorrect, actually Regensburg, pers. comm. Bayerisches Nationalmuseum, Munich] , and the date 1588. The lock bears a similar maker's mark to the barrel. Dog-head and pan-cover engraved with foliage. Stock of German fashion with cheek-butt, decorated with inlays of engraved stag-horn in the form of strapwork, foliage and scenes from the story of Pyramus and Thisbe. The butt-plate is of ivory carved in high relief as a lion's head holding in its jaws a brass ball to protect the butt when in contact with the ground. [transcription of catalogue entry ends] A similar piece is in the collection of the Bayerisches National museum in Munich, believed to be by the same stockmaker. Stockmaker is Peter Opel (see Der Stockel)


BarrelLength978 mm


Serial Number None visible


.500 in (36 bore)

Inscriptions and Marks

Date of 1588, crossed keys control mark for Regensburg


Places Germany

Bibliographic References

Brigadier-General J.H.Lefroy, R.A., Official Catalogue of the Museum of Artillery in the Rotunda, Woolwich, 1864, London, HMSO. p.50.