Object Title

Flintlock muzzle-loading military volley gun - Nock Volley

Flintlock muzzle-loading military volley gun - Nock Volley

Date

about 1780

Object Number

XII.2144

Provenance

Old Tower Collection

Physical Description

A First pattern volley gun, comprising a cluster of seven barrels (six around a seventh centrally located). The backaction lockplate is flat with a bevelled edge and a pronounced tit at the rear. The steel spring has its apex just to the rear of the pan and the lowerlimb extends along beneth the pan. The cock is an incorrect replacement. The brass triggerguard is of Land Pattern but smaller. The brass buttplate is similar to India Pattern, but with a shorter broader tang. The butt has a handrail comb. The rounded brass sideplate is S-shaped, with points in the middle. A rib is soldered between the uppermost barrels, with a small blade foresight at the muzzle. The standing breech is grooved to serve as a backsight. The gun is part stocked, the forend ectending only as far as the breech of the barrel cluster. The stock has a pronounced wrist and cut-away on the cheek piece, of a style more commonly found on sporting muskets. Fittings are steel and there is a steel ramrod.

Techniques

Engraved

Materials

Dimensions

BarrelLength20.4 in.
BarrelLength518 mm
OverallLength36.7 in.
OverallLength933 mm
OverallWeight4.4 kg
OverallWeight9.7 lb

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number None visible

Calibre

0.52 in

Inscriptions and Marks

Ordnance marking
Broad arrow over BO
Left side butt
Stamped
Ordnance marking
Crown over broad arrow
Beneth pan
Stamped
Maker
H.Nock
Barrel right side
Engraved
Maker (lockplate)
TOWER
Lockplate tail
Engraved

Associations

Notes

Records indicate that only two batches of these weapons were furnished to the Ordnance, the first and largest order in 1780, and the second smaller number in 1787. The first order for the 1st Model was for 500.