Cannon of Muhammed II, cast A.H. 868 (A.D. 1464): View of the muzzle [1860s], 1860 - 1869
Scope and Contents
273 x 181 mm. Showing a British soldier standing beside the barrel of this huge cannon, with stone shot in the background. Pasted down with this is the following letterpress: 'This great piece of ordnance formed part of the arsenal of the Castle of Asia at the mouth of the Dardanelles, and was presented to Her Majesty by Sultan Abdul Aziz Khan, 1866. It is now in the Museum of Artillery, Woolwich. Length, 17 feet; diameter of powder chamber, 10 inches; diameter of bore, 25 inches; weight, 18 tons 14 cwt 3 qrs. The stone shot each weigh 670 lbs nearly. An inscription near the vent states that the weight of the shot is 240 okes = 679 lbs, powder due 17½ okes = 49.5 lbs. Degrees, 3.'
In addition, a second piece of letterpress reads: 'View of the muzzle, shewing (sic.) the inscriptions, which have been decyphered by Mr Redhouse, as follows, -
(1) Help, O God, the Sultan Muhammed Khan, son of Murad.
(2) The Work of Mine Ali in the month Rejet.
(3) In the date of the year 868.'
This photograph is probably by the War Dept. Photo. Estab.
- 1860 - 1869
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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
Fair condition, some fading in from edges.
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