Royal Armouries

Matchlock Target Gun

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Matchlock gun

Matchlock. Flemish, Antwerp, about 1680 (XII.20)

  • Matchlock gun

    Matchlock. Flemish, Antwerp, about 1680 (XII.20)

  • monochrome stereo photographs of armour displays

    Stereoscopic photograph, New Horse Armoury, no.239A, by Frank M Good. About 1870 with xii.20 in the foreground

Object number: XII.20

Statistics

Object Provenance: Flemish, Antwerp, about 1680
Object Number: XII.20
Calibre: .60 in (cm)
Barrel length: 128.4 cm (50.5 in)
Weight: 8.307 kg (18 lb 5 oz)

Matchlock Target Gun

Description

Snap matchlock with long barrel of square section ornamented with ribs and flutes towards the breech becoming round with widely spaced flutes leading to a flared octagonal muzzle. Wide Vee backsight.

Stamped near the breech with a nearly obliterated mark possibly that of Antwerp. Brass lockplate and match-holder. Pan-cover and scear missing.

Wooden stock with butt of ‘bellied’ form; the projecting grip for the left hand is carved with an eight petalled flower. No ramrod is fitted, a false rod being simulated on the fore-end by carving. Indented steel trigger-guard and double-lever hair-trigger.

The details of this guns acquisition have not survived – it is part of what is affectionately known as ‘Old Tower Collection’. As the displays were modified and made more accurate it was used to set the scene in the displays – more than the massed wallpaper items, but not quite top billing. The 1880 Guide notes that within the section dedicated to the House of Stuart: ‘In front of the horses in this compartment are ranged a number of harquebusses, the stocks of some of which are very curiously carved …’ and the eight-petalled flower carved on the projecting grip can clearly be seen in stereocards of the period.

Statistics

Object Provenance: Flemish, Antwerp, about 1680
Object Number: XII.20
Calibre: .60 in (cm)
Barrel length: 128.4 cm (50.5 in)
Weight: 8.307 kg (18 lb 5 oz)

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