PUBLIC-706B46: Post medieval musket ball

Rights Holder: William Burleigh
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SHOT

Unique ID: PUBLIC-706B46

Object type certainty: Possibly
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A cast lead alloy shot / ball for use in a carbine / pistol of post medieval date (AD1600-1800). The shot is spherical with a relatively well formed surface patina. The shot is relatively round and smooth - suggesting that it has not been fired. There is a small flat spot where the casting sprue had been removed / trimmed. The colour of the ball is a pale grey with areas of white powdery corrosion.

Similar shot have been dated to the later post medieval period however the date range should extend into the early modern period as similar projectiles were used in firearms throughout this period. The context of this find / assemblage would indicate a date in the English civil war. Musket balls are discussed in Courtney's "Small Arms Accessories of the Mid-Seventeenth Century" (1988) and on page 202 of "Material Culture in London in an Age of Transition" by Geoff Egan (2005).

The musket ball measures diameter: 12.5mm, weight 10.8 grams.

Class: Carbine or pistol

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: With Finder
Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Early
Period to: MODERN
Date from: Circa AD 1600
Date to: Circa AD 1800

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 10.5 g
Diameter: 12.5 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 21st September 2013

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr William Burleigh
Identified by: Mr William Burleigh

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead Alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Worcestershire (County)
District: Malvern Hills (District)
To be known as: Clows Top

Spatial coordinates


Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Found when metal detecting
Current location: With Finder
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Minimal cultivation

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: PUBLIC
Created: 5 years ago
Updated: 4 years ago

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