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Dover Castle - Queen Elizabeth’s Pocket Pistol

Queen Elizabeth's Pocket Pistol was made in Utrecht in  Holland in 1544.  It was presented to King Henry VIII by  the Holy Roman Emperor, Charles V.  It is known to have  been at the Castle since 1613. The gun is a brass Basilisk capable of firing its 12 pound  shot over seven miles. The gun bears the following  inscription which reads (in translation):  

'Breaker my name of rampart and wall

Over hill and dale I throw my ball'

The gun is now kept under cover for conservation reasons.
Queen Elizabeth's Pocket Pistol.  An old postcard from about 1910. Back to Castle Index