Object Title

6 pr gun

6 pr gun

Date

1701-1730

Object Number

XIX.106

Provenance

Captured at Bhurtpore in 1826 by General Viscount Combermere, later Field Marshal and Constable of the Tower. Presented by the East India Company in 1856 (1859 Inventory,XIX.78).

Physical Description

The bore is sleeved with an iron tube constructed of welded paralled strips. There is a band of conventional flowers and foliage by the trunnions and on the base ring, the cascabel being of stylised lotus form. Diamond-shaped cartouches on the second reinforce and on the chase frame Hindu names and Hindi titles in Persian inscriptions. These are much worn and in parts illegible, but they appear to state that the gun was made to the order of the 'Earth-Lord Maharajah Sava'i Jai Bahadur'. The base ring carries a back sight. By the vent, the first reinforce is incised with the numbers LXIII and 67-0-0, the latter probably the weight. Further forward is stamped ANo 24 6Pr. These markings were added after the capture of the gun

Dimensions

Dimensions: Length: 11 ft 4 in (136 in) (345.4 cm), Overall length: 12 ft 8 in (152 in) (386.1 cm) Weight: 67 cwt (3403.6 kg)

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number LXIII

Calibre

3.75 in (9.5 cm)

Associations

Places India

Bibliographic References

H.L.Blackmore, The Armouries of the Tower of London, Ordnance Catalogue, H.M.S.O. London 1976, p.159.

Notes

The inscriptions show that this gun was cast to the order of Sava' i Jai Singh, ruler of Amber (modern Jaipur) from 1693 to 1743. He was the founder of the city of Jaipur and is famous for the astronomical observatories which he built in various places in N.India. ruler of Amber