Object Title

Wheellock superimposed musket - Unknown

Wheellock superimposed musket - Unknown

Date

about 1600

Object Number

XII.49

Provenance

Old Tower Collection

Physical Description

On the right side of the octagonal Barrel is a tube for priming-powder, pierced with small holes to aid combustion, leading from the pan of the lock to a vent placed eleven inches along the barrel to fire the first charge, the six charges below having a passage drilled in the ball to allow the flame from the first charge to ignite the successive charges beneath. The lowest charge had a normal solid ball and could be fired separately, a small plunger fitted in the priming-pan of the lock filling the vent corresponding to it until withdrawn by the firer. Lock with external wheel, dog-head with small cocking-spur and pivoted safety-catch. Stock with downcurved shoulder-butt inlaid with panels of delicate scrollwork in stag-horn, the edges outlined with narrow strips of the same material.

Techniques

Engraved

Materials

Dimensions

BarrelLength30.1 in.
BarrelLength765 mm
OverallLength43.5 in.
OverallLength1099 mm
OverallWeight4.508 kg
OverallWeight9.9375 lb

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number None visible

Calibre

.675 in (15 bore)

Inscriptions and Marks

Maker's mark
Forger's mark - ?
Underside of breech
Stamped
Letters I and ZLockplate
Engraved

Bibliographic References

Graeme Rimer, Wheellock Firearms of the Royal Armouries, Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds, 2001. p.26, colour ill.