Object Title

12 pr howitzer and field carriage

12 pr howitzer and field carriage



Object Number



Transferred from Senior Officers' School, Sheerness in 1940. Old Tower Collection

Physical Description

On the barrel the merging of the chase with the second reinforce is only marked by a slight shoulder instead of a ring. The cascabel is cast with a breeching loop for use when the gun is mounted for sea service and it is also drilled for a centre rear sight. There is a dispart patch at the muzzle. To the right of the vent patch, the vent field has been drilled with two holes, now filled, possibly for attaching a percussion-tube lock. The first reinforce is engraved with the monogram of Queen Victoria and the chase with that of Major General Peel, surrounded by a riband bearing the Peel family motto INDUSTRIA. The base ring is inscribed F.M. EARDLEY-WILMOT. The first reinforce ring is flat and is engraved with the weight 6-1-9. Above this, on the second reinforce, is a Broad Arrow and number 2099. The right trunnion bears the foundry number F6 CXCVIII which is repeated as 198 on the underside of the reinforce. The left trunnion bears the date 1858. The markings on XIX.279 are almost obliterated.

The gun is mounted on a field carriage with a short trail and high cheeks, fitted for elevating screws, now missing the fact that the elevating screws would not have been correctly positioned in relation to the breech makes it unlikely that the carriage was originally made for the gun


Dimensions: Length: 45 in (114.3 cm), Overall length: 50 in (127 cm) Weight: 6cwt 1 qtr 9 lb (321.6 kg)


Serial Number 2099


4.6 in (11.6 cm)


Places Britain

Bibliographic References

H.L.Blackmore, The Armouries of the Tower of London, Ordnance Catalogue, H.M.S.O. London 1976, P.88.


With the abolition of the Board of Ordnance in 1855 the insignia of the Master General on a gun barrel was now replaced by that of the Secretary of State for War. Major General Jonathan Peel, 1797-1879, was Surveyor General of the Ordnance 1841-6 and Secretary of State for War in 1858 and again in 1866.

'Col. F.M. Eardley-Wilmot'
Suprintendent of the Royal Gun Factory at Woolwich, 1855-9 (Hogg [1963], II, 1108). Cf. Nos. 300,205,248,249.