Object Title

Percussion muzzle-loading rifle - Whitworth Pattern

Percussion muzzle-loading rifle - Whitworth Pattern

Date

1858

Object Number

XII.2120

Provenance

Probably transferred from Woolwich.

Physical Description

The lock is of P53 form but slightly smaller throughout. On the tail of the plate is engraved a wheatsheaf over a crown over a W, and ahead of the cock, WHITWORTH 1858. The barrel bands are stamped F.PRESTON and the bed PRESTON.
The Davidson Telescope (which was not patented until 1862, december 19th, No.3390) is of standerd form

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: 55 in (1400 mm), Barrel length: 39 in (991 mm)

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number 110

Calibre

.451 in (Hexagonal rifling)

Associations

Places Britain

Notes

This is one of 25 rifles made by Whitworth for the trials of 1858, but this particular number, 110, is not amongst those tested, and must have been one of the 15 rifles which were withdrawn before the trial.
The Scope was developed by Lt.Col. Davidson in 1834 and this is a version of it.