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Arquebus key: M.35-1940

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Object information

Current Location: Gallery 31 (Armoury)






Arquebus key. Metal with spear-shaped end.

Legal notes

Given by Miss E. Rothwell in memory of the late W.E. Miller, F.S.A.

Measurements and weight

Depth: 1.4 cm
Height: 15.2 cm
Width: 4.2 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1940-06-10) by Rothwell, E., Miss


16th Century
1500 - 1599


This tool consists of three separate devices; a wheellock key, used to turn the wheel of a wheellock gun to make it ready to fire, a screwdriver and a small flask containing the fine-grain powder for priming a wheellock firearm - it forms the handle of the tool and the powder was dispensed by pressing the button at the top.

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.35-1940
Primary reference Number: 19651
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 18 December 2023 Last processed: Monday 18 December 2023

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

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