Object Title

1.1 in gun

1.1 in gun



Object Number



Old Tower Collection

Physical Description

The guns, which are of small size and almost identical, are of typical Chinese form being csr with six prominent rings or mouldings spaced out along the length of the barrels in addition to those at breech and muzzle. Both guns are engraved with similar inscriptions to the effect that they were cast in 1843 by Ch'eng Ming under the supervision of the imperial officials Ch'eng Ming Yuan and Chao Chieng T'ing and were issued to the Governor of the Province of Chihli. The remaining inscriptions give directions for loading: the guns 'eat' 1 liang 7 chi'en (one and seven tenths of an ounce) of pure powder and fire a lead shot weighing 2 liang 2 chi'en (three and two fifths of an ounce approx). The guns weigh 30 catties (40lb approx). and are numbered 161 (XIX.178) and 103 (XIX.289). In addition, XIX.178 is inscribed near the muzzle with the name 'Big Mouth'. A mark in the form of a Broad Arrow is incised near the breech of both guns


Dimensions: Length: 1ft 10in (55.9cm), Overall length: 2ft 1in (63.8cm) Weight: 40lb (18.1kg)


Serial Number None visible


1.1 in (2.8 cm)


Places China

Bibliographic References

H.L.Blackmore, The Armouries of the Tower of London, Ordnance Catalogue, H.M.S.O. London 1976, p.156.


Cf. the large gun No.XIX.184 is of similar design.