Object Title

1.5 in gun

1.5 in gun

Date

1830

Object Number

XIX.291

Provenance

Discovered at Lucknow after the relief of the city in 1858.

Physical Description

The two almost identical guns, which are short and heavy in relation to their small bore, are of conventional European design with normally positioned mouldings. The trunnions have shoulders and there are lugs below the cascabel buttons for attaching screw elevating gear. The first reinforce is engraved with an emblematic composition cosisting of two fish surmounted by a crown with a sun behind it which in turn is surmounted by a state umbrella. There are supporters in the form of two tigers, above which are angels carrying banners. Below is a scroll inscribed in Persian 'Sultan-i Avadh' (King of Oude). The vents are fitted with covers hinged at the rear

Dimensions

Dimensions: Length: 1ft 8.5in (52cm), Overall length: 1ft 11in (58.4cm) Weight: 68lb (30.8kg)

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number nvn

Calibre

1.5 in (3.8 cm)

Associations

Places India

Bibliographic References

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

Notes

A similar gun is in the Rotunda Museum, Woolwich, No.II. 271. According to the 1963 'Catalogue' of the Rotunda these three guns are the survivors of a battery of six supposed to have been made for the young Prince Oude.
After capture the guns were disposed of, one each to Sir Colin Campbell (later Field Marshal Lord Clyde), General Sir William Rose (later Lord Sandhurst), General Sir Frank Turner, Major Henry Tombs, V.C. (later Major General Sir Henry Tombs), and one each to the two Brigade Majors, Lieutenant Arthur Bunny (later Lieut. General Arthur Bunny, C.B.) and Lieutenant Edward Brown. The gun in the Rotunda is the one given to Lieutenant Bunny.


The devices engraved on the guns were used by several of the Kings of Oude, but this particular combination appears to point to the reign of the second king, Nasiru'd-din Haydar, 1827-37.