Object Title

1/2 pr swivel gun

1/2 pr swivel gun



Object Number



Transferred from the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, 1959, together with Nos.XIX.154.1555 and 156

Physical Description

The second reinforce bears the crowned monogram of George II in slight relief, the base-ring being engraved R. GILPIN FECIT 1753. The first reinforce is stamped with the number I, and the cascabel is incised with the weight 1-0-0. Two holes have been drilled to the right of the vent for attachment of a percussion-tube lock. There is an iron traversing lever in place of a cascabel button. The gun is mounted on an iron swivel


Dimensions: Length: 2 ft 6 in (30 in) (76.2 cm), Overall length: 3ft 6in (42 in) (106.7cm) Weight: 1 cwt (50.8 kg)


Serial Number None visible


1.60 in (4 cm)


Places England

Bibliographic References

H.L.Blackmore, The Armouries of the Tower of London, Ordnance Catalogue, H.M.S.O. London 1976, p.75.


'Richard Gilpin'
Had a foundry in the Borough, Southwark, and received several Ordnance contracts, mainly for guns of the smaller calibres. On the 8th and 13th June, 1753, fourteen half pounders of his casting were proved at Woolwich, of which No.153 may have been one. (P.R.O. W.O.47/42 p.88)