Object Title

12 pr gun

12 pr gun



Object Number



Transferred from the Royal Arsenal, Woolwich, 1972

Physical Description

On each gun the first reinforce bears the monogram of King Christian VII of Denmark surrounded by a wreath. The base ring is inscribed 17 FRIDRICS WAERCK 95. The dolphins are formed as elephants heads. The weight is incised on the left trunnion; 2452 tt on XIX.195 and 2448 tt on XIX.295


Dimensions: Length: 8 ft 10 in (106 in) (269.2 cm), Overall length: 9 ft 8 in (116 in) (2k94.6 cm) Weight: 24 cwt 15 lb (1226 kg)


Serial Number None visible


4.8 in (12.2 cm)

Inscriptions and Marks

Left trunnion: 2448 tt


Bibliographic References

H.L.Blackmore, The Armouries of the Tower of London, Ordnance Catalogue, H.M.S.O. London 1976, p.47.


These are Danish Model 1766 guns used both as heavy field pieces or for fortress defence.

'Frederics Waerck':
North Zeeland (Denmark); 1756-1828. This was the Royal Danish Gunfoundry established in 1756 (or according to some authorities 1759) by Major-General J.F.Classen. The factory motto 'Tandem bona Causa Triumphat' sometimes appears on its products.
Armouries, XIX.181, 195; Rotunda, II-152-8; Copenhagen, 364-388.