HAMP-5B4398: Post-medieval musket ball

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MUSKET BALL

Unique ID: HAMP-5B4398

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A post-medieval lead alloy musket ball, dating to the period 1600-1700. It is 20.32mm in estimated diameter, and weighs 29.83g. The ball has a smooth, yellow-grey patina, and has been flattened on one side. There is a small lip protruding from this flattened side, and is probably the result of casting.

Dr Natasha Ferguson writes: "The weights are consistent with musket balls from the 17th - 18th century being around 1oz each. Musket balls bores are measured on the number of balls you can make from a lb of lead, so with 16 oz in a lb that would make it a 16 bore. Both have been impacted with the second ball showing the typical radial grooves on the flat side as it comes into contact with something hard and at an angle." Pers. Comms. November 2016.

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 1700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 29.83 g
Diameter: 20.32 mm

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Fiona Johnstone
Identified by: Miss Fiona Johnstone

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Hampshire Cultural Trust Entry Form WINCM 298

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead Alloy
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Hampshire (County)
District: Winchester (District)
To be known as: Colden Common

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Audit data

Recording Institution: HAMP
Created: 2 years ago
Updated: 2 years ago

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