Object Title

4.5 pr gun

4.5 pr gun

Date

1640-1660

Object Number

XIX.95

Provenance

From Bombay Arsenal. Transferred from the India Office to the Indian Section of the Victoria & Albert Museum, Nos. I.S.283-1955 in 1898 and from the Museum to the Armouries in 1958

Physical Description

The piece has dolphins and is ornamented with bands of conventional foliage in low relief. On the first reinforce is a shield-of-arms of Orange-Nassau as borne by Prince Maurice, Stadtholder of the Netherlands, 1587-1625, with the motto JE MAINTIENDRAY in a cartouche below. The cascabel has a long, slightly curved tail in place of a button. The vent has been provided with a cover, the lugs of which are now broken away and there are traces of a back sight now missing. The decoration, including the arms and the motto, shows signs of being the work of native craftsmen following a European model

Dimensions

Dimensions: Length: 69 in (175.3 cm), Overall length: 90 in (228.6 cm)

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number nvn

Calibre

3.5 in _ (8.9 cm)

Associations

Places Malaysia

Bibliographic References

H.L.Blackmore, The Armouries of the Tower of London, Ordnance Catalogue, H.M.S.O. London 1976., No.232, p.167.

Notes

Possibly removed form Java when it was under British control 1811-16 (cf. No.9) or from Malacca on the Malay Peninsula when it became part of British India in 1825. The latter is more likely. The Dutch, who took the town of Malacca from the Portuguese in 1641, fortified it with six bastions, each of which was named after a famous Stadtholder. One was called Mauritius after Prince Maurice and No.232 could be one of a series specially cast for this bastion.