Object Title

18 pr gun and carriage - Finnbaker Type

18 pr gun and carriage - Finnbaker Type

Date

1571-1599

Object Number

XIX.225

Provenance

Bought at the sale of the property of the Earl of Darnely at Cobham Hall, Kent, 23 July 1957, Lot 433.

Physical Description

The gun is of so-called 'Finbanker' type. The right trunnion bears in relief the letter C, the letter H. The surface is considerably corroded. Mounted on a wooden replica garrison standing carriage made at the rear of Dartmouth Castle, Devon

Dimensions

Dimensions: Length: 124 in (315 cm), Diameter of trunnions: 5 in tapered, Diameter of muzzle: 12.5 in, Diameter of breech: 21.75 in

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number nvn

Calibre

5.5 in (14 cm)

Inscriptions and Marks

Right trunnion: G Left trunnion: H

Associations

Places Sweden

Bibliographic References

H.L.Blackmore, The Armouries of the Tower of London, Ordnance Catalogue, H.M.S.O. London 1976, P.150.

Notes

Iron guns of this type were produced in Sweden at foundries at Huseby, Stafsjo and Akers in Ostergotland and were exported in large numbers. They are distinguished by the pronounced barrel rings which have more fillets supporting the astragal than normal. The etymology of the name 'Finbanker' is obscure, but the term was in use in Denmark in the 18th century referring to iron guns in Sweden. The word may derive from the foundry at Finspang (Finspong), Sweden.
The guns were also made in Holland and England and copied elsewhere cf. XIX.162.