Object Title

3 pr gun

3 pr gun



Object Number



Old Tower Collection

Physical Description

The first reinforce is engraved with the monogram of George III and the chase with the cypher of John 2nd Earl of Chatham, Master General of the Ordnance 1807-10. The first reinforce ring is inscribed I&H KING. 1810. The second reinforce ring is inscribed with the number of the gun although this is indistinct as a result of repeated polishing. The cascabel is drilled for a centre near sight now missing although the leaf spring which holds the sight bar in adjustment survives. Under the cascable is inscribed the weight 3-0-6. There are loops for an elevating screw below the button. An elevation scale is engraved on the breech ring. The vent of the gun is copper bushed. The vent patch is drilled vertically with two holes for a lock. The underside of the piece is engraved with the foundry number F17 460 (similar to XIX.215.


Dimensions: Length: 4ft (121.9 cm), Overall length: 4 ft 4 in (132.1 cm) Weight: 3cwt 6lb


Serial Number None visible


2.9 in (7.4 cm)

Inscriptions and Marks

First reinforce ring inscribed I&H King Second reinforce ring inscribed with gun number



John and Henry King were appointed Founders of the Royal Brass Foundry at Woolwich in 1784, and Foreman and Assistant Foreman in 1789 being promoted to Master Founder and Assistant Founder on the revival of these offices in 1797. John King continued in the post until his death in 1813 when he was succeeded by his brother Henry (W.O.47/116, p. 692; W.O. 47/2560, p.414; W.O. 47/2630, p.1143), until his retirement in 1818, when the post of Master Founder was abolished. Cornelius King, the son of John King, was appointed foreman at the Royal Brass Foundry at Woolwich in 1805, and on the death of his father was promoted to Assistant Founder. On the retirement of his uncle, Henry King, he remained in charge of the foundry with the rank of Acting Founder. He retired in 1822 to be succeeded by William North.