Object Title

8 in mortar

8 in mortar

Date

1730-1770

Object Number

XIX.210

Provenance

Old Tower Collection

Physical Description

For test purposes. It is cast in one piece with a a platform and supporting bracket and has a constricted powder chamber. The reinforce bears the cypher of George II in low relief. The rectangular platform with moulded edges is pierced at each corner to enable it to be bolted to a wooden bed. The weight 2-2-26 is engraved on the rear of the platform and the number 167 on the bracket

Dimensions

Dimensions: Length: 16.0 in (40.6 cm) Weight: 2 cwt 2 qtr 26 lb (139 kg)

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number nvn

Calibre

8 in (20.3 cm)

Associations

Places England

Bibliographic References

H.L.Blackmore, The Armouries of the Tower of London, Ordnance Catalogue, H.M.S.O. London 1976, no.105, p.99.

Notes

The mortar was probably intended for testing the strength of gunpowder (cf.No.211)