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Firearm accessories

Firearm accessories

  • Place of origin:

    Sindh (made)

  • Date:

    19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Leather covered with silk embroidered velvet

  • Credit Line:

    Transferred from the India Museum in 1879

  • Museum number:

    2663:1 to 8/(IS)

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Matchlock and flintlock firearms required many tools and accessories for their proper use and maintenance. The number of these varied widely. In India the practice of carrying these all on a single belt, usually around the waist, persisted well into the 19th century. Typically the equipment carried included two flasks containing different grades of gunpowder, a coarse grade for the main charge and a finer grade to use in the firing pan. As well as pouches for bullets, wadding, spare matchcord etc., sometimes prepared cartridges were carried, as well as an ignition source such as tinder and a flint or firesteel.

Physical description

Set of matchlock accessories comprising powder horn, priming flask, four pouches with a steel strike-a-light and belt.

Place of Origin

Sindh (made)


19th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Leather covered with silk embroidered velvet

Descriptive line

Firearm accessories (kamr) comprising powder horn, priming flask, four pouches, and steel, mounted on a belt, Jacobabad, Sind, 19th century.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Egerton, Wilbraham, An illustrated handbook of Indian arms; being a classified and descriptive catalogue of the arms exhibited at the India museum: with an introductory sketch of the military history of India, London, 1880
Lord Egerton of Tatton, Indian and Oriental Armour, London, 1896, p. 139, Cat. No. 739

Production Note

Transferred from the India Museum to South Kensington Museum in 1879


Arms & Armour; India Museum


South & South East Asia Collection

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