Object Title

Cannon - Dragon cannon

Cannon - Dragon cannon

Date

1771-1799

Object Number

XIX.123

Provenance

Presented by HM Queen Mary to the Indian Section, Victoria & Albert Museum, and transferred to the Tower in 1951.

Physical Description

The gun is finely cast in the form of a dragon, the head forming the muzzle. The tail, from which a small piece at the end is missing, curves upwards above the cascabel.

Materials

Dimensions

Overalllength112in.
Overalllength2845mm

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number nvn

Calibre

3.7 in (9.4 cm)

Associations

Places Burma

Bibliographic References

H.L.Blackmore, The Armouries of the Tower of London, Ordnance Catalogue, H.M.S.O. London 1976. No.202, p.153.

Notes

Four similar dragon guns were captured by General Prendergast from King Thebaw's Palace, Mandalay, on 28 November 1885. One was presented to Queen Victoria, one to the Prince of Wales, one to the Rotunda Woolwich, and one to the Governor General of India. The first was transferred from Windsor in July 1901 to the Tower of London, and from thence to the Rotunda in October 1930. The Rotunda thus has two of the guns, Class 267 and 267A. The present Tower gun is the one originally sent to the Prince of Wales.