Object Title

6 pr gun and carriage

6 pr gun and carriage



Object Number



Captured at Waterloo together with Nos. XIX.63-66, 68-69, 70, 74-76, 157

Physical Description

Similar to No. XIX.67 and 69 and bearing the same inscription on the base-ring. The name of the piece is LE FAMEUX


3.75 in

Inscriptions and Marks

Left trunnion: 58 and 379K


Bibliographic References

H.L.Blackmore, The Armouries of the Tower of London, Ordnance Catalogue, H.M.S.O. London 1976, p.54.


Eight of the Waterloo 6 pdr guns were used as a supporting column to a massive trophy of arms which decorated the staircase of the Grand Storehouse and was erected to commemorate the visit of William IV on 5 August 1830. The guns survived the 1841 fire and were then exhibited in the Annexe (demolished 1883) built on the east side of the White Tower. They were later mounted on carriages for display on Tower Wharf
The 'Systeme An ' XI 1802-3, never in fact adopted entirely, substituted a 6pdr. field piece, of which Nos. XIX.67, 68, 69, 157, 63, 66, 65, 64 and 70 are examples, for the 4pdrs and 8pdrs.
Important family of gunfounders of Swiss origin Jean Maritz being the first, established at Berthoud (Bergdorf), Canton Bern by the 16th century.
'Louis Ernest Maritz': The Hague; 1774-1851.
Elder son of Jean III, great nephew of Jean Maritz I in partnership with his brother, Jean George, succeeded his father as joint director of the Hague foundry. Louis married in Holland and founded the Dutch branch of the Maritz family. Cf. 'Gun Founding & Gunfounders' a directory of Cannon Founders from Earliest Times to 1850; A.N. Kennard, p.107-109.