Object Title

Matchlock revolver gun

Matchlock revolver gun



Object Number



Transferred from XII.469.

Physical Description

The lock comprises a serpenting acting inside the stock, with a simple linkage connectiong it to the trigger. The wooden stock comprises a breech and butt section only, of round section at the breech and decorated with crudely incised crosses. The cylinder, of four chambers, is hand-rotated, and located to the breech by nocks engaging the long narrow top strap which connects the stock to the barrel. The barrel is slender and of round section.


BarrelLength1013 mm
OverallLength1477 mm
ChamberLength190 mm


13 mm (.5 in)

Inscriptions and Marks



Places India

Bibliographic References

C.J. ffoulkes, Inventory and survey of the Armouries of the Tower of London, London, 1916, p. 388.

J.G. Rosa, Colt revolvers and the Tower of London, London, 1988, figs 2, 3, 50.

S. Colt, 'Rotating chambered-breech fire-arms', Institution of Civil Engineers, London, 1851.

Thom Richardson, An introduction to Indian arms and armour, Leeds, Royal Armouries, 2007: 25