Object Title

16 pr gun and carriage - 16 pr RML Mk. I

16 pr gun and carriage - 16 pr RML Mk. I



Object Number



Acquired 1960. Royal Artillery Institute, Woolwich. (Old Tower Collection).

Physical Description

The steel barrel, which has no swell at the muzzle, has a wrought iron jacket and is rifled with three grooves. The jacket is engraved with the monogram of Queen Victoria and stamped with the weight 12-0-18, above the weight is a Broad Arrow. The left trunnion is marked R.G.F. 289 1879. The breech is slotted on either side for tangent rear sights, which were used in conjunction with trunnion fore sights. The cascabel button is pierced for the bolt of the elevating screw. The face of the muzzle is marked 'Vickers Steel 3760'. The elevating screw is not original.

Carriage: Mark II, very similar in design the 9pdr carriage, cf. No. XIX.234, but larger and stronger throughout. Rear trail is marked 1872 No.38 WD RCD No.1. The elevating screw is not original, the gear box and axle tree boxes are missing, but the drag chain is present as well as the axle tree boxes, but the drag chain is present
Photos available in loan file L104.


Dimensions: Length: 73.5 in, Diameter of trunnions: 4 in, Diameter of muzzle: 6 in, Diameter of breech: 11 in, Diameter of wheels: 55 in, Left bracket: 110 in (279.4 cm) Weight: 12 cwt 18 lb


Serial Number 28


3.6 in (9.1 cm)

Inscriptions and Marks

Left trunnion: R.G.F No.28 Mk I 1879


Places Britain

Bibliographic References

H.L.Blackmore, The Armouries of the Tower of London, Ordnance Catalogue, H.M.S.O. London 1976, p.93.


The 16 pdr gun was introduced as a result of experiments made in 1870 with a view to providing the heavy field batteries with a more powerful gun than the 9 pdr ('Service Ordnance' (1886), 184).