Object Title

Wheellock muzzle-loading sporting rifle

Wheellock muzzle-loading sporting rifle



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 and the underside in numbered. It has a lock with an external wheel that is secured by a ring-shaped bearing plate. The wooden stock has a cheek-butt and the whole stock is inlaid in staghorn with scrolls, strapwork and animals. There is a Pelican engraved by the trigger guard, which is made in indented steel. A hair trigger is fitted.


BarrelLength864 mm


Serial Number None Visible visible


.650 in

Inscriptions and Marks

Breech: GB. Underside of breech: XXVIII. Trigger guard: N28

Bibliographic References

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