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    • Object type: cannon ball
    • Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
    • Primary material: Copper alloy

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Record ID: LANCUM-AEDC9A
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Lancashire
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A cast, copper alloy ball, probably a small cannonball dating from 1750-1850. The ball is sub-spherical and the surface is damaged with numerous score marks and pitting. This does not match any of the standard sizes known for late eighteenth or early 19th century cannonballs, the closest match being for a Serpentine, which fired balls of 1.5 inches in diameter. It is also unusual in being of copper alloy, but this has very little metal-on-metal friction, which made it invaluable for use in cannon where iron cannonballs would otherwise stick in the barrel. It could be a cannon ball but …
Created on: Wednesday 8th August 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 4th September 2018
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Record ID: LANCUM-D1CC15
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Lancashire
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A complete cast copper alloy ball probably of Post-Medieval date. The ball is sub-spherical and the surface is damaged with numerous score marks and pitting. It could be a cannon ball but it is unlikely to be military as the weight does not match any known type. The purpose of the ball is unknown possibly a machine part. The diameter is 32mm and the weight 120.67g.
Created on: Tuesday 14th October 2014
Last updated: Monday 20th October 2014
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Record ID: CORN-6AD6C3
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Cornwall
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Cast iron round shot or cannon ball, partly corroded so that there is little sign of a mid-rib or casting mark. The cannon ball weighs 480g which is about 1lb, and is almost 50 mm in diameter, or 2 inches, which was common in the 18th century. A cannon is any large tubular firearm designed to fire a heavy projectile over a considerable distance. Although a variety of such guns are commonly referred to as ‘cannon’, the term specifically refers to a gun designed to fire a 42lb shot as opposed to a Demi-cannon (32lb), Culverin (18lb) or Demi-culverin (9lb). This cannon ball weigh…
Created on: Sunday 24th September 2006
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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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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