Object Title

Matchlock musket

Matchlock musket

Date

1700-1799

Object Number

XXVIF.153

Provenance

Transferred from the Rotunda Museum of Artillery, 1979. Presented by the Secretary of State for India, February 1869.

Physical Description

The lock is a snap-lock, the cock of which can be set at half or full cock positions. Its rectangular lock plate is decorated with a double row of raised studs. The stock has a short, acutely angled curved butt. The barrel is attached to the stock by twenty brass barrel bands, one of which, at the breech, has attached a brass peep sight.

Dimensions

Dimensions: The overall length of the gun is 1690 mm, the barrel length is 1355 mm. Weight: The weight of the gun is 3.8 kg.

Calibre

12 mm

Inscriptions and Marks

The butt is stamped MA 2388

Associations

Bibliographic References

Official Catalogue of the Museum of Artillery in the Rotunda, Woolwich, London, 1873 p. 142, MA 7588.

Official Catalogue of the Museum of Artillery in the Rotunda, Woolwich, London, 1906, p.154, no. 17/27.

Catalogue of the Museum of Artillery in the Rotunda at Woolwich, London, 1963, Vol II, p. 62, no. 17/27.

Thom Richardson, An introduction to Indian arms and armour, Leeds, Royal Armouries, 2007: 39

Notes

This form of gun is related to those being produced by the Portuguese in Goa for service in the Oriental trade.