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    • Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
    • County: Doncaster

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Record ID: SWYOR-5D91DC
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Doncaster
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A cast iron spherical artefact, possibly a Post Medieval cannon ball, but more probably a Post Medieval to Modern crushing ball from stone crushing equipment, a mill, a bearing or a similar industrial device. The weight and size at 2.75 inches and 2lb 13 oz. fall half-way between the parameters for two known types of cannon, the Minion (3.5 inch bore, 4 lb ball) and the falcon (2.5 inch bore, 2lb ball). It is 70.1 mm in diameter and weighs 1277gm. The ball is very regular and the metal is in good condition.
Created on: Tuesday 2nd September 2014
Last updated: Tuesday 2nd September 2014
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Record ID: SWYOR-D12767
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Doncaster
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A cast iron probable cannon ball of Post Medieval date, probably 17th century. The iron ball is spherical and rusty but in a stable condition. It measures 3.6in in diameter and weighs 6.6lb. This makes is about the right size to be from a minion cannon, but the ball is heavier than the standard weight of 4-5lb. This casts some doubt of the identification as a cannon ball and raises the possibility that it is a more modern object such as a crushing ball from a mill or industrial process, or a large bearing from a large piece of machinery such as a gun emplacement.
Created on: Thursday 14th February 2013
Last updated: Thursday 14th February 2013
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Record ID: SWYOR-6D55C3
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Doncaster
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A cast iron cannon ball, spherical in shape, and with hardly any pitting or corrosion. The diameter of 90 mm and weight of about 1.8kg compares well with examples of Civil War ordinance. There are two areas where the surface is white metal rather than iron. These may be to smooth out a poorly cast area, but the reason for their presence is not known with certainty. The size and weight of the ball suggests that it would fit a 'Minion' cannon which had a 3.5 inch bore and shot a 4 pound ball (Bailey, 2000, 95). These were used from the 16th century to the late 17th century but sa…
Created on: Thursday 11th October 2012
Last updated: Thursday 11th October 2012
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Record ID: SWYOR-4C23D3
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Doncaster
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A Post-Medieval lead or lead alloy shot or small cannon ball probably dating from about 1500-1800 AD. It weighs 80.14g and is 25.9mm in diameter. It is sub spherical and has presumably been cast; however, no casting flanges are present. The ball has been flattened in some areas, which may be the result of impact; the surface has several scrapes throughout and a number of deep gouges on one side. The cannon ball has a creamy grey-white patina. Please compare to PAS record IDs: SWYOR-2BB9A6, LANCUM-0EF770 and HESH-0A8E63. At about 1 inch in diameter, this shot could have been used in …
Created on: Tuesday 29th November 2011
Last updated: Wednesday 11th January 2012
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Record ID: SWYOR-4C03A3
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Doncaster
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An iron probable cannon ball of Post-Medieval date. The object is a corroded sphere of iron. It weighs 331g which is just under 12oz. It has a diameter of 49.4mm (about 2 inches). However, this particular size and weight combination does not correspond with known cannon ball sizes. The closest are ammunition for a Serpentine at 1.5 inch diameter, weighing 0.75 lb or a Falconet with a 2 inch diameter, weighing 1.5 lbs. Corrosion may have altered the size and weight. Light cannon were developed in the late 15th century, but this is likely to date from the English Civil War if it is a ca…
Created on: Tuesday 29th November 2011
Last updated: Wednesday 11th January 2012
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Record ID: SWYOR-95EAE3
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Doncaster
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An iron probable cannon ball of Post Medieval date. The object is a corroded sphere of iron. It weighs 414g which is just over 14 and a half ounces. It has a diameter of 49.5mm which is about 2 inches. Unfortunately this size and weight combination does not correspond with known cannon ball sizes. The closest are ammunition for a Serpentine at 1.5 inch diameter weighing 0.75 lb or a Falconet with a 2 inch diameter weighing 1.5 lb. Corrosion may have altered the size and weight, or it may have been used with a non-standard gun. It is also possible that this is not a cannon ball at all,…
Created on: Tuesday 10th May 2011
Last updated: Tuesday 4th September 2012
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