Object Title

4 pr gun

4 pr gun

Date

1780-1790

Object Number

XIX.98

Provenance

Transferred from the India Office to the Indian Section of the Victoria & Albert Museum, No.2-1894 I.S., in 1894, and from the Museum to the Armouries in 1958.

Physical Description

The piece has prominent mouldings and the breech and muzzle are cast with conventional foliage in low relief. On the upper surface a simulated chain, in the casting, connects the trunnions. The reinforces are engraved with short inscriptions in Persian script: the first with 'His Highness Nawab Asaf u'd-dawla Bahadur, Vazir u'l-mamalik, Rustam-i Hind, under the charge of Maharajah Jha'o La'l Bahadur'; the second with 'with the greatest excellence (?)'. The numbers 1125-4-3-22 are stamped by the reinforce ring, the first being an inventory number, the others the weight. The reinforce shows traces of gold paint

Dimensions

Dimensions: Length: 55 in (139.7 cm), Overall length: 62 in (157.5 cm) Weight: 4 cwt 3 qtr 22 lb (251.3 kg)

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number nvn

Calibre

3.3 in _ (8.4 cm)

Associations

Places India

Bibliographic References

H.L.Blackmore, The Armouries of the Tower of London, Ordnance Catalogue, H.M.S.O. London 1976., No.217, p.159.

Notes

Asaf u'd-dawla, one of the dynasty of Nawab-Wazirs, later Kings, of Oude, ruled from 1775 to 1797 J'hao L'al was an important official at the Nawab's court. After becoming involved in anti-British intrigues he was exiled from Lucknow to Patra in 1796 at the insistence of the British Resident (S. Muhammad Mir Za'ir, 'Saranihat-i Salatin-i avadh (Lucknow, 1896), 1, 114-15.