Object Title

Matchlock musket (toradar)

Matchlock musket (toradar)



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


20 mm.

Inscriptions and Marks



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.


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