Matchlock Gun

Description: A matchlock musket, with horn prongs. The long barrel is made of iron and is braced by two lengths of wood, extending from the stock that are fitted with panels of engraved silver, decorated with foliage, that are bound to the barrel with silver wire. The stock is of wood with a silver engraved plate fitted to the end. Attached to the right hand side of the stock is a leather strap with additonal silk panels inserted. The lock is also decorated with a plate of engraved silver. At the end of the barrel a pair of antelope horn prongs are attached that can be rotated to act as a stand to rest the gun upon when in use. These too are decorated with silver plates. Attached to the barrel is a tablet woven strap decorated with swastikas and vertical bars.

Place collected: Not recorded
Date collected: 1913 before
Measurements: Overall: 90 mm x 80 mm x 1825 mm; 3 9/16 in x 3 1/8 in x 71 7/8 in
Type: Weapon

Note: Curator's note: A very similar prong gun is recorded in Bell's List of Curios No 233. This gun is in the British Museum collection. Many prong guns like these were taken as trophy items by the British military during the Younghusband Expedition of 1903-04. It appears that Bell collected this before 1913 and most likely from a Tibetan Trader. Written by Emma Martin
Accession no: 50.31.8
Other number(s): N58.1964 [Photography Number]; CB26 [Collector Number]