Object Title

Wheellock muzzle-loading pistol - Unknown

Wheellock muzzle-loading pistol - Unknown


about 1560-1570

Object Number



From the Bernal Collection. At Christies sale of t he Bernal Collection lot 2343, 1855. Previously catalogued under the 1909 Dillon sequence as XII.38 and before that under the 1859 Hewitt (or Old War Office sequence) as XII.331. Therefore was in the collection prior to 1859.

Physical Description

Barrel octagonal at the breech and slightly flared at the muzzle. Lock with double mechanism mounted on a common lockplate. The wheels have flat steel covers, the dog-heads being engraved with monsters and grotesque human heads. Lockplate stamped with a maker's mark. The safety-catch, now missing, was fitted on the left side of the stock opposite the lock. Stock with onion shaped butt, the whole inlayed in bone or stag-horn with conventional foliage, lions' masks and terminal figures and on the left side with a hunting scene. Fore-end damaged and repaired, ramrod restored.


Inlaid, Engraved


BarrelLength14.5 in.
BarrelLength368 mm
OverallLength22.4 in.
OverallLength569 mm
OverallWeight1.9 kg
OverallWeight4.2 lb


Serial Number None visible


.550 in (29 bore)

Inscriptions and Marks

2 brushes? side by side.


Bibliographic References

J.Hewitt, Official catalogue of the Tower Armouries, London, HMSO, 1859. p.71.

Charles J.Ffoulkes, Inventory and Survey of the Armouries of the Tower of London, london, HMSO, 1916, Vol.II, p.407, ill. Plate XXXV.