Object Title

Wheellock muzzle-loading sporting rifle - Unknown

Wheellock muzzle-loading sporting rifle - Unknown


about 1640

Object Number



From the Norton Hall Collection . Presented by the National Art-Collections Fund, 1942. Formally in the collection of Beriah Botfield (1807 - 1863) at Norton Hall, Northamptonshire. This collection would appear to have been formed in the 1840's. Norton Hall was acquired by Beriah Botfield's grandfather (who died in 1801), Thomas Botfield acquired it from the descendants of Nicholas Breton. Beriah Botfield restored Norton Hall to its former glories. The collection was finally purchased, with the aid of the National Art-Collections Fund, for the nation from Lady Beatrice Thynne on the occasion of her death in 1942. The purchase was negotiated with Lady Weymouth who was acting as attorney for Lord Weymouth (who was away on active service), who was tenant-for-life of the property (the collection had been settled on Lord Weymouth for life).

Physical Description

The octagonal barrel is stamped with a maker's mark, the underside incised with the number XXVIII. It has a lock with an external wheel that is secured by a ring-shaped bearing plate. Stock with cheek-butt, the whole inlaid with stag-horn in a well executed design of scrolls and strapwork interspersed with animals. By the trigger-guard is a Pelican in its Piety (made in indented steel). A hair trigger is fitted.



BarrelLength34 in.
BarrelLength864 mm
OverallWeight3.798 kg
OverallWeight8.375 lb


Serial Number None visible


.650 in

Inscriptions and Marks

Maker's mark
Breech: GB. Underside of breech: XXVIII. Trigger guard: N28
N 28
Underneath barrel

Bibliographic References

Graeme Rimer, Wheellock Firearms of the Royal Armouries, Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds, 2001. p.56, colour ill.