Object Title

12 pr gun - Gribeauval Type

12 pr gun - Gribeauval Type



Object Number



Old Tower Collection

Physical Description

The chase is engraved A.N. and, below, LIBERTE EGALITIE. The dolphins are plain. There are shoulders to the trunnions, the base ring is inscribed PERIER. FR PARIS. AN 2. The adjustable back sight usually fitted to guns of Gribeauval design is preserved though the clamping screw is missing.


Dimensions: Length: 83 in (211 cm), Overall length: 89 in (226.1 cm) Weight: 18cwt 27 lb (926.6 kg)


Serial Number 42 (?)


4.75 in (12.1 cm)

Inscriptions and Marks

Left trunnion: the weight 1893 Right trunnion: 42


Bibliographic References

H.L.Blackmore, The Armouries of the Tower of London, Ordnance Catalogue, H.M.S.O. London 1976, p.57.


'Jacques Constantin and Auguste Charles Perier' brothers and distinguished scientists and engineers, established a foundry at Chaillot, a suburb of Paris where in 1793 no less than 1,200 guns were produced. The works were of the most up-to-date design and largely powered by steam. In 1803 Jacques Constantin also set up a foundry in Liege for iron guns for the navy. The brothers were the engineers in charge of the Paris water supply.
The letters AN on the chase stand for Arme Nationale, signify that the gun was the responsibility of a municipal authority as ordered by the law of 3rd August 1792.