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A mortar firing 'partridges', showing the barrel in cross-section. A large bomb was placed in the centre chamber and a number of smaller ones like hand grenades in the surrounding chambers. When fired, the projectiles were hurled towards the target like a covey of partridge. Stipple engraving from 'Encyclopaedia Londinensis' Vol II (London, c1800).

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A mortar firing 'partridges', showing the barrel in cross-section.  A large bomb was placed in the centre chamber and a number of smaller ones like hand grenades in the surrounding chambers. When fired, the projectiles were hurled towards the target like a covey of partridge.  Stipple engraving from 'Encyclopaedia Londinensis' Vol II (London, c1800).