NLM-19EC38: Post-Medieval Musket Ball

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MUSKET BALL

Unique ID: NLM-19EC38

Object type certainty: Probably
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Lead probable musket balls. Twelve cast balls with mould lines and the stubs of casting sprue, probably smoothed by prolonged immersion. The mass of the balls, typically just under an ounce, may be apt to use with light muskets, carbines or heavy pistols of military specification. None of these have been fired. Suggested date: Post-Medieval, 1600-1830.

a) Diameter: 16.7mm, Weight: 24.79gms (lines from lathe finishing of interior of mould)

b) Diameter: 17.4mm, Weight: 28.46gms

c) Diameter: 16.7mm, Weight: 24.61gms

d) Diameter: 17.1mm, Weight: 24.29gms

e) Diameter: 16.5mm, Weight: 24.39gms

f) Diameter: 17.0mm, Weight: 28.46gms

g) Diameter: 17.8mm, Weight: 28.35gms

h) Diameter: 16.7mm, Weight: 25.19gms

i) Diameter: 17.6mm, Weight: 28.51gms

j) Diameter: 17.4mm, Weight: 28.47gms (sprue nipped with pliers)

k) Diameter: 17.0mm, Weight: 28.13gms

l) Diameter: 17.6mm, Weight: 28.41gms

Combined Weight: c.330gms

Notes:

The discovery of large numbers of ball together in the intertidal zone prompted the suggestion that a barrel of shot had been lost from a ship. However, the inclusion of some shot with evidence for distortion during firing or with impact damage may suggest a more complex picture. This may embrace the use of the foreshore area as a practice firing range, an activity which continued into more recent times to judge from other material reported thence. The objects were weighed individually, but combined weights cited were measured on postal scales.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1600
Date to: Circa AD 1830

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 12
Weight: 330 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 18th August 2015

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Martin Foreman
Identified by: Mr Martin Foreman

Other reference numbers

Other reference: NLM29800

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: North East Lincolnshire (Unitary Authority)
District: North East Lincolnshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Freshney (Unitary Authority Ward)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TA3010
Four figure Latitude: 53.57050486
Four figure longitude: -0.03833575
1:25K map: TA3010
1:10K map: TA31SW
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Coastland
Specific landuse: Inter-tidal

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: NLM
Created: 4 years ago
Updated: 2 years ago

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