Object Title

Flintlock muzzle-loading presentation rifle - By Tatham, Sealed Pattern

Flintlock muzzle-loading presentation rifle - By Tatham, Sealed Pattern

Date

1820

Object Number

XII.596

Provenance

Old Tower Collection. This rifle together with the twenty-seven succeeding weapons were undoubtedly made to the order of the Government to be used as official gifts.

Physical Description

High quality throughout. French-cocked locks and a flat-fronted, two-piece triggerguard. With gold lined raised pans and platinum bushed vents. Fitted internally with a detented lock and on the lockplate is a lock safety. The swivel is located beneath the wrist. The stock has cheek piece, and blued furniture throughout. The breech bears the Royal Arms of Hanover, in gold. This is held in a square, dovetail flushed with barrel, on the production pieces the square is raised above the barrel. Hexagonal barrel half stocked, with two ramrod pipes. The patchbox is located on the stock with a stag as the central theme of engraving. A button situated on the top of the buttplate tang acts as the release mechanism. Wax seals are located on the cheek piece and back lock.

Techniques

Handmade, Engraved, inlay

Materials

Dimensions

BarrelLength30.5in.
BarrelLength775mm
OverallLength45.7in.
OverallLength1162mm
OverallWeight3.56kg
OverallWeight7.8lb oz

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number 1457

Calibre

.577 in

Inscriptions and Marks

Serial number
1457
Upper edge of lockplate behind hammer
Engraved
Maker
TATHAM LONDON (Italics)
Breech
Inlaid in gold
Maker
Tatham
Lockplate
Engraved

Associations

Notes

The Royal Armouries has 28 pieces from this series by Tatham within its collection. After studying the serial numbers it has been found that there are a further 48 pieces missing.