Object Title

Matchlock musket (toradar)

Matchlock musket (toradar)

Date

1771-1799

Object Number

XXVIF.74

Provenance

Presented by the Indian Government, 1861. From the Indian disarmament of 1859.

Physical Description

Polished red wood stock with a long thin pentagonal butt having slightly convex faces and rounded corners. The butt-cap is of horn and on either side of the butt is an elaborate pierced iron medallion centred on a blind hole. One long pierced and fretted iron side strip remains. The trigger is missing. The barrel is fastened to the stock by 6 simple copper bands, a mark shows that there was originally 7. The barrel is octagonal with a panel of silver koftgari near the breech, divided by a gold band. A similar area is decorated near the muzzle. There is an iron ramrod.

Dimensions

Dimensions: The overall length of the gun is 1644 mm, the length of the barrel being 1153 mm. Weight: The gun weighs 4.45 kg.

Calibre

20 mm.

Inscriptions and Marks

None.

Associations

Bibliographic References

J. Hewitt, addendum to the Official catalogue of the Tower Armouries, London, 1865, no. Ad.272, p. 8.

Viscount Dillon, Illustrated guide to the Armouries, London, 1910, no. xv.343, p. 18.

Notes

Despite the original provenance being Oude, guns with stocks of this form are from Gwalior.