Royal Armouries в твиттере написали интересное-
« While we all grapple with Lockdown II, we've created a new series with the help of our Curators called # CuratorLockin Their task was to pick 1 object from the collection they would select in the event they were locked into the museum.
To get the ball rolling, Curator of Firearms, Lisa Traynor has chosen XII.596, a sealed pattern presentation rifle, by Henry Tatham (about 1820) and associated group: My favourite object, XII.596, and its associated group of 28 presentation firearms are quite mysterious.
Documented as ‘rifles made for presentation to Native American chiefs’, I originally found it puzzling that the other 28 in the group had also remained on this side of the Atlantic; until I took a closer look at them.
With the exception of three firearms, all are identical, including XII.596 the Sealed Pattern version. Sealed Patterns were the approved versions from which British service weapons were copied before standardised machine production.
They were thn sealed by applying a red wax seal, and it ws by replicating this version that the rest of the series ws made. The assumption that this group was 2 finely crafted 2 be sent abroad has been suggested but, closer inspection shows that our collection is incomplete
The earliest serial number XII.596 is 1457 while the latest is 1533. The 2nd earliest number is 1493 and from this point, frequent breaks appear in the sequence. In total 48 pcs are missing, perhaps suggesting that some of Tatham’s rifles were presented as diplomatic gifts
If this is the case, where are they now? As one of my predecessors noted in 1960 ‘Like so many other things they will remain a mystery for years until the information is suddenly discovered by chance.’ »