Object Title

5.6 in mortar - Royal Mortar

5.6 in mortar - Royal Mortar



Object Number



Old Tower Collection

Physical Description

The reinforce is engraved with the cypher of George III. Base ring is inscribed with the number of the piece XCVI below which is incised the names of the founders and date, I & H KING 1807. On the breech below the vent is the weight 1-1-15, and on the under-side are the foundry numbers G12 over 96. Registered as proved on 28 September 1807 with the comment, 'Bore .03 too long'.


Dimensions: Length: 15 in (38.1 cm) Weight: 1 cwt 1 qtr 15 lb (70.3 kg)


Serial Number None visible


5.6 in (14.2 cm)


Places England

Bibliographic References

H.L.Blackmore, The Armouries of the Tower of London, Ordnance Catalogue, H.M.S.O. London 1976, no.111, p.101.


'John and Henry King'
Appointed Founders of the Royal Brass Foundry at Woolwich in 1784, and Foreman and Assistant Foreman in 1789 being promoted to Master Founder and Assistant Founder on the revival of these offices in 1797. John King continued in the post until his death in 1813 when he was succeeded by his brother Henry (W.O.47/116, p. 692; W.O. 47/2560, p.414; W.O. 47/2630, p.1143), until his retirement in 1818, when the post of Master Founder was abolished. Cornelius King, the son of John King, was appointed foreman at the Royal Brass Foundry at Woolwich in 1805, and on the death of his father was promoted to Assistant Founder. On the retirement of his uncle, Henry King, he remained in charge of the foundry with the rank of Acting Founder. He retired in 1822 to be succeeded by William North.