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Matchlock musket: O.4-1879

Object information


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This fragment comprises the wooden stock and short fore-end of a toradar. The butt is five-sided, pierced with a hole for the match with a lobed washer at either side, fitted with a lock with a fretted trigger and simple sprung linkage to the serpentine. The lock pivots have small lobed washers, and more of these retain long fretted iron sock reinforces, now bent and partially detached. Near the front of the fore-end is a sling swivel, and on the outside a faceted finial and loop for the missing vent pricker chain. The bone breech cap is missing, the butt cracked and chipped, the whole in a gloomy state of disrepair.


History note: Probably from the Tanjore armoury, broken up in 1860 (see documentation: Elgood 2004)

Legal notes

Given by Robert Taylor, MA

Measurements and weight

Length: 72 cm
Weight: 740 g

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1879) by Taylor, Robert, MA


Probably 18th century
Probably 1700 CE - 1800 CE

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 60
  • Method of creation: Inscribed
  • Type: Tag
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: O.4-1879
Primary reference Number: 158309
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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