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    • Object type: cannon ball
    • Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
    • County: North Yorkshire

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Record ID: DUR-B3464D
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
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A complete iron projectile of Post-Medieval date (AD1600-1700). The object is broadly spherical with a central seam and an uneven surface due to corrosion. This seam may be due to casting or as a result of firing the projectile though there is no clear flattening as a result of impact. The metal is a dark brown in colour with a pitted uneven patina. Similar examples can be seen on the Portable Antiquities database: Unique ID: LVPL-E95F5E, Unique ID: SWYOR-E227E4 and Unique ID: WAW-BF6AB1. Height: 51.22mm, Diameter: 52.58mm, Weight: g.
Created on: Tuesday 19th May 2015
Last updated: Tuesday 26th May 2015
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Record ID: YORYM-6CA699
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
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A complete cast iron cannon ball of Post-medieval date (AD 1600-1700). The object is roughly spherical and has a diameter of 55.5mm (2.2 inches). This would place the object within the diameter range of the Falcon cannon. The Falcon cannon came into use during the latter half of the 15th Century and were mounted on four wheels to make it more mobile, they were widely used during the Civil War. It should be noted that this object could also be a modern mill or industrial process such as a bearing or crushing ball from a large piece of machinery which, given the find spot, is a po…
Created on: Monday 15th September 2014
Last updated: Monday 10th November 2014
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Record ID: SWYOR-A16C9F
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
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A lead alloy possible cannon ball from a small cannon such as a Falconet or Serpentine, but the ball is not a standard size or mass. The ball is sub-spherical, oval in section. One face is smooth and rounded but the other side is jagged and possibly broken with angular fractures and fissures in the metal. It has a mass of 306g which is 10 and 3/4 oz, and a diameter of 48mm or 1.9 inches.
Created on: Monday 19th May 2014
Last updated: Monday 19th May 2014
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Record ID: SWYOR-7E0827
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
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A possible Post Medieval lead alloy cannon ball for a small cannon such as a Rabinet with a 1 inch bore. The shot is sub-spherical with many flat facets and a white patina. It is 28mm in diameter, so may have been intended for a 1 inch bore. It weighs 4 1/2 oz or about 130g which is lighter than the standard weight for a rabinet shot. If not ammunition, the object could be waste lead or a weight of some description.
Created on: Tuesday 29th January 2013
Last updated: Tuesday 29th January 2013
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Record ID: SWYOR-2BB9A6
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
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A lead alloy shot or small cannon ball probably dating from 1600 - 1800 AD. It is 29mm in diameter and weighs 130.16g. It has a patchy white and brown patina. Its size suggests that it could have been used in a Rabinet, which was the smallest of the English standard sizes of cannon, though it is a little smaller than other examples on the database. These type of cannon were used in the 17th century (Blackmore 1990 Arms and Armour of the English Civil Wars, Royal Armouries p. 83). A similar example is SUSS-CA5D04 on the PAS database.
Created on: Friday 29th July 2011
Last updated: Monday 8th August 2011
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Record ID: SWYOR-09F4A2
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
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A ragstone cannon ball dating from the Late Medieval or Post Medieval period. It is sub-spherical and has part missing. It weighs 452g and is 76mm in diameter which makes it the correct size and weight for a Falconet cannon (15 and 7/8 ounces). Falconets were invented in the late 15th century and were used throughout the 16th and 17th centuries. The find spot of this example makes it highly likely that it was used in the Battle of Towton in 1461.
Created on: Wednesday 16th March 2011
Last updated: Thursday 27th September 2018
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Record ID: SWYOR-28AB52
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
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A small, cast iron probable cannon ball dating from the Post Medieval period. The object would have been spherical, but corrosion is now distorting this. It is closest to the bore size for a Falconet cannon, but is rather lighter than the official weight. This may also be due to corrosion, or the ball may in fact be from a rolling mill. It probably dates from 1500 - 1800 AD.
Created on: Tuesday 18th May 2010
Last updated: Thursday 29th March 2012
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Record ID: SWYOR-289B76
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A small, cast iron probable cannon ball dating from the Post Medieval period. The object would have been spherical, but corrosion is now distorting this slightly. It is closest to the bore size for a Serpentine cannon, but is rather lighter than the official weight. This may also be due to corrosion, or the ball may in fact be from a rolling mill. It probably dates from 1500 - 1800 AD.
Created on: Tuesday 18th May 2010
Last updated: Thursday 15th May 2014
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Record ID: SWYOR-7359D2
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
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A cast iron cannonball, and judging from the size and weight, probably for use in a Falconet dating from c. 1500-1700. A Falconet was a small cannon used both on land and in light naval vessels. A number were used during the English Civil War (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Falconet_(cannon) ). It is 54mm in diameter and weighs 594gm.
Created on: Thursday 15th October 2009
Last updated: Monday 23rd April 2012
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Record ID: SWYOR-979B63
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
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A shot or piece of ammunition made from iron dating from the post medieval period. It is spherical with a diameter of 29.5mm. It weighs 94.64g.
Created on: Tuesday 12th May 2009
Last updated: Friday 6th April 2012
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Record ID: YORYMB767
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: North Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
slightly sub spherical, mottled, exfoliated surafce, small square shaped hole at one pole. Ferric staining over entire surface BUT NON MAGNETIC
Created on: Tuesday 1st August 2000
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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