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Blunderbuss 1793-94

Walnut wood, steel, gold | 11.0 x 6.0 cm; 99.0 cm (Length) (whole object) | RCIN 67238

Grand Vestibule, Windsor Castle

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  • Flintlock blunderbuss. Walnut stock with gold mounts. Blued steel barrel with octagonal breech and round, flared muzzle, with ornamental and Calligraphic inlays in gold; plain steel lock with cock in the form of tiger's head; gold lockplate. Inscriptions. Steel ramrod. The blunderbuss belonged to Tipu Sultan (1750-99), the so-called Tiger of Mysore. Tipu Sultan succeeded as ruler of the South Indian state of Mysore in 1782, where he built a sophisticated and modern court around his palace at Seringapatam. He spent much of his reign engaged in hostilities against the British. In 1792 a peace treaty was signed with Tipu, but the discovery of secret communications with Napoleon brought about a renewed British campaign against him, culminating in the sack of Seringapatam on 4 May 1799. A number of spoils of war, including this blunderbuss were removed as trophies. It was presented to George III by Richard, Earl of Mornington, Governor General of India, in 1800.

    Presented to King George III by Richard Earl of Mornington Governor General of India, 2nd April 1800.  Previously belonged to Tipu, Sultan of Mysore (1750-1799).

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    Walnut wood, steel, gold


    11.0 x 6.0 cm; 99.0 cm (Length) (whole object)

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