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Object Title

Gun - Mortar

Gun - Mortar

Date

1770-1799

Object Number

XIX.119

Provenance

Found concealed in the Fort at Kurnaul, Madras Presidency in 1838 together with No.XIX.99 q.v. There is a similar mortar, also from Kurnaul, at the Rotunda Museum, Woolwich No.II. 218.

Physical Description

The muzzle issues from the open jaws, the surface being modelled and chased to simulate stripes. It appears to be unfinished since the vent is not drilled and the bore has not been cleaned after casting. There is a lifting loop at the front, on the under side. A long tail is affixed to the piece just below the head.

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Techniques

Cast

Materials

Dimensions

Dimensions: Length: 54 in (137.2 cm), Diameter chamber 7.2 in (18.3 cm)

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number None visible

Calibre

9.4 in

Associations

Places India

Bibliographic References

H.L.Blackmore, The Armouries of the Tower of London, Ordnance Catalogue, H.M.S.O. London 1976., No.231, p.166.

S. Z. Haider, Islamic arms and armour of Muslim India, Lahore, 1991, p. 258.

Thom Richardson, An introduction to Indian arms and armour, Leeds, Royal Armouries, 2007: 37

Notes

Another apparently identical mortar 61 cm high and 91 cm long was stolen from a private house in Somerset in June 1997 (Trace no. 103, August 1997: 28).

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Thumbnail image of Gun - Mortar Cast in the form of a sitting tiger.
Thumbnail image of Gun - Mortar Cast in the form of a sitting tiger.