Object Title

Gun - 3-pounder Nigerian Bronze Breech-Loading

Gun - 3-pounder Nigerian Bronze Breech-Loading

Object Number

XIX.112

Provenance

Cast for the rulers of Benin

Physical Description

The piece is cast with projecting rings in imitation of early European iron guns of built-up construction. The ring at the muzzle is extended to form a fore sight, another in the centre forms a lug carrying an iron lifting ring. Near the muzzle is a cross in low relief. The breech end is open, indicating that the gun is a breech-loader and once had a removable chamber. In total there are seven hoops around the barrel, the fourth from the breech has the lifting ring and that at the muzzle has fore sight.

Techniques

Cast

Materials

Dimensions

BarrelBore76.2 mm
BarrelLength850 mm
BarrelWeight34.9 kg

Calibre

76.2 mm

Inscriptions and Marks

Relgious
Cross
By the muzzle
In low relief

Associations

Bibliographic References

H.L.Blackmore, The Armouries of the Tower of London, Ordnance Catalogue, H.M.S.O. London 1976, p.170.