Object Title

Matchlock musket (toradar)

Matchlock musket (toradar)

Date

1700-1799

Object Number

XXVIF.80

Provenance

From the Indian disarmament of 1859.

Physical Description

Dark wood stock of pentagonal section extending straight back from the step behind the breech. The buttcap is of horn next to which is a brass band around the stock. There are crude ivory or bone inlays on the sides and top of the stock, a circular one on the right side being missing. On either side of the breech area are large brass plates that extend well forward along the forend. On the right side is a pricker tube and below the stock a sling swivle. Behind the tang the stock is covered by ivory panel decorated with ring and dot ornament. The long barrel is attached to the stock by 12 wire bindings and a brass band at the breech. It is inlaid at the breech and muzzle with brass mouldings and has the muzzle proper carved with a monster's head.

Dimensions

Dimensions: The length of the barrel is 1235 mm, the overall length of the gun is 1718 mm. Weight: The gun weighs 4.65 kg.

Calibre

16 mm.

Inscriptions and Marks

None

Associations

Places India,

Bibliographic References

J. Hewitt, addendum to the Official catalogue of the Tower Armouries, London, 1865, no. Ad.265, p. 8.

Viscount Dillon, Illustrated guide to the Armouries, London, 1910, no. xv.96, p. 16.