PUBLIC-711CA6: Post Medieval musket ball

Rights Holder: William Burleigh
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Unique ID: PUBLIC-711CA6

Object type certainty: Certain
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Two cast lead alloy shot / balls for use in a musket / carbine of post medieval date (AD1600-1800). Both shots are spherical with a relatively well formed surface patina. They are relatively round and smooth - suggesting that they have not been fired. The colour of both balls 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 balls measure:

1. Diameter: 13.7mm, weight 15.0 grams.

2. Diameter: 13.4mm, weight: 13.6 grams


Both of the shot were found in the same hole

Class: Musket/Carbine

Subsequent actions

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


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

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 2

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

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

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