Object Title

Wheellock muzzle-loading rifle - Unknown

Wheellock muzzle-loading rifle - Unknown


dated 1686

Object Number



From the Norton Hall Collection . Presented by the National Art-Collections Fund, 1942. Formally in the collection of Beriah Botfield (1807 - 1863) at Norton Hall, Northamptonshire. This collection would appear to have been formed in the 1840's. Norton Hall was acquired by Beriah Botfield's grandfather (who died in 1801), Thomas Botfield acquired it from the descendants of Nicholas Breton. Beriah Botfield restored Norton Hall to its former glories. The collection was finally purchased, with the aid of the National Art-Collections Fund, for the nation from Lady Beatrice Thynne on the occasion of her death in 1942. The purchase was negotiated with Lady Weymouth who was acting as attorney for Lord Weymouth (who was away on active service), who was tenant-for-life of the property (the collection had been settled on Lord Weymouth for life).

Physical Description

Heavy octagonal barrel rifled with seven grooves. Lock with self-winding mechanism operated by the dog-head. The lock is ornamented with overlays of brass, pierced, chased and gilt, the lockplate having a design of two mermaids and on the dog-head, a monkey grasping a snake. Stock with cheek-butt, carved with scrolling foliage and inlaid with stag-horn. On the cheek-piece are two female terminal figures and the trigger-guard a coat of arms, probably that of the family of Marizien, surmounted by a scroll bearing the initials and date 16 W.H.M.Z.N. 86. Gilt brass trigger-guard chased with a sea-horse.



BarrelLength32.75 in.
BarrelLength832 mm
OverallWeight4.847 kg
OverallWeight10.6875 lb


Serial Number None visible


.710 in

Inscriptions and Marks

Initials and date
16 W.H.M.Z.N. 86
By trigger-guard on a scroll
coat of arms
Coat of arms, possible of Marizien family - ?