Object Title

Flintlock military grenade discharger

Flintlock military grenade discharger

Date

1690

Object Number

XII.1130

Provenance

Formerly in the museum of artillery collection, the Rotunda. 1874 cat No.956. 1856 cat No.VI/92. Transferred via the Cottesloe committee, 1927.

Physical Description

Barrel octagonal at breech and threaded for 1 3/16ths in at muzzle for a discharger cup. There are two moulded bands and there is a large butterfly back sight secured to barrel by a band and there is a maker's mark stamped under the barrel.
Lock is banana shaped and with engraved foliate decoration and a monster's head; swan-neck cock and no bridle to frizzen. Stock with steel mounts and some carved decoration. There are two barrel bands and 15 ins from muzzle there is a 3.5in steel mount for some form of swivel. The butt is stamped MA 957 and there is some damage

Dimensions

OverallLength1337mm
BarrelLength946mm

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number none visible

Calibre

.58 in (Invent says .710 13 bore)

Associations

Places Germany

Notes

Compare No 1129.
This is described in the Rotunda 'Catalogue of 1906 (Class VI 1129) as a French Flintlock Musket from Paris. It is probably No 51 on the list of arms removed from Paris in 1815 when it is described as Musquet with the muzzle fitted to receive a cylinder similar to No 46(Nox XII.1129); for the purpose of throwing a grenade. The Rotunda 'Catalogue however states that this gun was acompanied by a small mortar which screwed onto the muzzle. This is now missing unless it is the mortar cup XIII.222 which has stamped on it N35 the stamp being the same as that used to stamp N36 on the brass cup of XII.1129. Unfortunately however the thread on the mortar cup XIII.222 is too large for the thread on the barrel of XII.1130. There remains the possiblity that they were associated together at Woolwich although not belonging together. Certainly the Paris List suggests that the gun had no mortar cup in q1815.