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

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Record ID: SWYOR-DDFF23
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Sheffield
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A possible Post Medieval iron cannon ball dating from about AD 1500 - 1950. It is a spherical ball of iron. It is 82mm diameter and 4.2kg (4200g). This size and weight does not conform to standard cannon ball measurements, but it could be a non-standard missile. Alternatively, it could also be a ball from a crushing mill, machinery or a bearing from a swiveling piece of machinery such as a crane or gun.
Created on: Wednesday 10th October 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 10th October 2018
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Record ID: NMS-666A8D
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
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Iron cannonball of probable post medieval date (c. AD 1575 - 1700). Heavily corroded with a flaking surface. H. L. Blackmore (1976, 392ff.) suggests that cannon balls of this form may have been fired from a post-medieval 'falconet' cannon. As this type endured from the later 16th century through the following century, with slight fluctuations in its diameter and weight of shot. Weight: 528g, diameter: 51.5mm.
Created on: Wednesday 29th August 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 29th August 2018
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Record ID: PUBLIC-5B67DD
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Greater London Authority
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A probable iron cannon ball of post-medieval (possibly English Civil War) date (1600-1700AD). The cannonball is sub-spherical with a diameter of c. 3.39 inches or 86.3mm. It weighs 2.430 kilograms (5.5lbs).. There is a circular protrusion on one side (or base) measuring roughly 18.25mm diameter. The ball is of a dark-brown colour.. The cannon ball is in fairly good condition; however, there are a number of areas which exhibit pitting and dents
Created on: Thursday 16th August 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 28th August 2018
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Record ID: LVPL-7BC34B
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Sefton
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An iron ball, possibly a piece of canister shot from a post medieval gunpowder weapon. The object is roughly spherical with an uneven surface, mostly coated in reddish orange iron oxide rust. A small battle was fought in the area of Melling during the English Civil War, suggesting a date of AD 1642-1651.
Created on: Monday 18th June 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 26th June 2018
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Record ID: SWYOR-9C2E89
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Rotherham
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A complete cast iron probable shot or cannon ball dating from the post-medieval period, about AD 1500-1700. It is a sphere of iron, with a slightly pited and corroded surface, dark brown in colour. It is 39.5mm diameter (1,5 inches) and has a mass of 235g (eight and a quarter ounces). It may have been itended for use in a Serpentine cannon which had a nominal bore size of 1.5 inch diameter, firing shot weighing 0.75 lb, or a Rabinet cannon which fired shot weighing 8oz. Corrosion may have altered the size and weight of this example. Compare SOM-A0A8A2 which cites Blackmore (1990) Arms…
Created on: Saturday 26th May 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 30th May 2018
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Record ID: DUR-063F80
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Redcar and Cleveland
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A complete cast iron cannon ball of Post-medieval date (AD 1600-1700). The object is sub-spherical and has a diameter of 52.06mm (2.05 inches), weight 496g (1lb 13/4ins). This would place the object within the diameter range of the Falcon cannon. Alternatively, it is possible that balls of this size were used collectively as grape shot in larger cannon. The Falcon cannon came into use during the latter half of the 15th Century and was mounted on 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…
Created on: Wednesday 25th April 2018
Last updated: Thursday 5th July 2018
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Record ID: IOW-DE96D9
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Isle of Wight
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An apparently complete possible post-Medieval iron cannon ball (c. 1580-c. 1700). The ball is corroded and pitted and has a circumferential casting seam. The present dimensions suggest that it could have been used in a falcon or a minion (Blackmore 1976: 392-398). Diameter: 64.0mm. Weight: 993.0g. (3.027044 lbs). Blackmore, H. L. 1976. The Armouries of the Tower of London. Vol. 1, Ordnance. London: HMSO.
Created on: Monday 23rd April 2018
Last updated: Monday 23rd April 2018
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Record ID: WMID-8748EC
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Staffordshire
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A cast iron Post Medieval cannon ball, probably dating to circa AD 1500 - 1700. The object is spherical in shape with pitting and corrosion visible on the surface. The cannon ball has an orange coloured patina across its surfaces. Abrasion caused by movement whilst within the plough soil may have resulted in the loss of some of the original surface detail and full diameter and weight. The diameter and weight suggest that the type of cannon used to fire the cannon ball may have been the Demi-Culverin. This cannon had a 4 inch bore and fired a ball weighing 9.5 lb (4309 g). Gordon Bail…
Created on: Thursday 19th April 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 25th April 2018
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Record ID: DENO-6309F1
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Nottinghamshire
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A post-medieval cast iron cannon ball, dating to the period AD c. 1600-1800. The ball is spherical, well cast with no obvious waist, casting or set-up marks. However, the surface is corroded and pitted which may obscure some marking. The diameter is 60.03 mm, suggesting use with a falcon or falconett, artillery pieces in common use during the civil war period. Weight 800.2 g
Created on: Thursday 5th April 2018
Last updated: Monday 4th June 2018
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Record ID: WAW-89A774
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Warwickshire
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Post Medieval (late 16th to 17th century) probable cannon ball: a broadly hemispherical corroded cast iron object which is heavily corroded. There are no signs of makers marks or casting seams, but these may be distorted by corrosion. It weighs 233g and measures c.650mm diameter. Although an inexact science, comparisons can be made with historic inventories of cannon shot, their dimensions and weights (see Blackmore 1976). These suggest that this ball might have been fired from a Robinet cannon. As this type endured from the later 16th century through the following century, with…
Created on: Wednesday 24th January 2018
Last updated: Friday 26th January 2018
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Record ID: DENO-DDD04E
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: City of Derby
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A post-medieval iron cannon ball, dating to the period AD 1600-1800. It is made of iron, which has been presumably cast, although no seams are visible. The ball is dark brown with lighter flecks across a pitted surface. This ball is likely from a Minion cannon in use from the mid-16th century through to the end of the 17th, possibly dating to the English Civil War. Minion cannons were typically of a 3 or 3.25 'bore' (diameter of the barrel aperture) firing balls of 2.7/8inches or 3 inch in diameter respectively. Blackmore, H. L. 1976. The Armouries of the Tower of London. Vol. 1, Ordn…
Created on: Tuesday 16th January 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 3rd October 2018
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Record ID: BERK-AA7B29
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Oxfordshire
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A Post Medieval iron cannon ball probably dating to the 17th Century AD. No photograph
Created on: Friday 8th December 2017
Last updated: Monday 18th December 2017
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Record ID: DENO-066263
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Nottinghamshire
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A complete cast iron cannon ball of the Post Medieval period. The cannon ball has a diameter of 38.7mm and weighs 217.6g. H. L. Blackmore (1976, 392ff.) suggests that this ball might have been fired from a post-medieval 'robinett' cannon. As this type endured from the later 16th century through the following century, with slight fluctuations in its diameter and weight of shot, a relatively wide date range is offered, c.1575-1700. here is some sign of corrosion and a visible casting seam and scarring where the sprue was cut, there is some discoloration due to rusting.
Created on: Wednesday 25th October 2017
Last updated: Saturday 4th August 2018
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Record ID: DENO-06026B
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Nottinghamshire
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A post-medieval spherical iron cannon ball of uncertain post-medieval date. The object measures 46.7 mm in diameter and weighs 399.5 g. The surface is pitted and brown in colour, with patches of orange corrosion in many areas. H. L. Blackmore (1976, 392ff.) suggests that this ball might have been fired from a post-medieval 'falconet' cannon. As this type endured from the later 16th century through the following century, with slight fluctuations in its diameter and weight of shot, a relatively wide date range is offered, c.1575-1700.
Created on: Wednesday 25th October 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 1st August 2018
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Record ID: LANCUM-B87E37
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Lancashire
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An iron post-medieval cannon ball, probably dating to the 17th century. It is cylindrical. It measures 95mm in diameter. The size suggests that it was intended to be fired from a demi-culverin, a medium cannon in use during the late 16th and 17th century. Other options might be that it is a ball from a ball mill for crushing minerals or a foreign cannon ball of unidentified type. Blackmore, H. L. 1976. The Armouries of the Tower of London. Vol. 1, Ordnance, 216. London: HMSO. The diameter is 90mm.
Created on: Monday 9th October 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 7th November 2017
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Record ID: LANCUM-B8743B
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Lancashire
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A post-medieval iron cannon ball, dating to the period AD 1600-1800. It is made of iron, which has been presumably cast, although no seams are visible. The ball is dark brown with lighter flecks across a relatively smooth surface, with only light pitting. The diameter is 57mm. This ball is likely from a Minion cannon in use from the mid-16th century through to the end of the 17th, possibly dating to the English Civil War. Minion cannons were typically of a 3 or 3.25 'bore' (diameter of the barrel aperture) firing balls of 2.7/8inches or 3 inch in diameter respectively. This example at…
Created on: Monday 9th October 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 7th November 2017
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Record ID: DUR-4DBFEC
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: County Durham
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A complete cast iron cannon ball of the Post Medieval period ( AD1680-1880). The weight of 217.8gm and diameter of 40.48mm indicate the ball was for use in a Falconet, a mobile weapon mainly used by Naval Forces. Falconets were invented in the late 15th century and were used throughout the 16th and 17th centuries. The outer surface is quite corroded with related discoloration due to oxidisation. There is no sign of any casting seam.
Created on: Friday 22nd September 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 13th June 2018
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Record ID: WILT-FE596B
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Wiltshire
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A post-medieval iron cannon ball, dating to the period AD 1600-1800; The cannonball is spherical, with a diameter of 56.89mm and a weight of 742 g. It is made of iron, which has been presumably cast, although no seams are visible. The ball is dark brown with lighter flecks across a relatively smooth surface, with only light pitting. The size of the ball suggests that it was possibly for a falconet, commonly used during the Civil War, being lighter and cheaper than other cannon.
Created on: Wednesday 6th September 2017
Last updated: Thursday 12th October 2017
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Record ID: SOM-EC322E
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
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Post-medieval spherical iron cannon ball. The ball measures 57.2mm in diameter and may have lost a small amount of the surface due to corrosion. Blackmore (1976, 392ff.) suggests balls of this size were fired from a 2.5 inch (63.5mm) bore cannon, the Falcon or falconet, which fired a ball weighing approximately 2lbs (907.2g). As this type endured from the later 16th century through the following century including the Civil War, with slight fluctuations in its diameter and weight of shot, a relatively wide date range is offered, c. AD 1575-1700.
Created on: Thursday 24th August 2017
Last updated: Thursday 24th August 2017
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Record ID: DENO-341A18
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Derbyshire
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A small iron cannon ball of post medieval date. The ball is spherical and well-finished; the 'waist' from casting has been smoothed and is only faintly visibly. The size, 29 mm, and weight, 94 g suggests it was for use with a small bore, long barrel artillery piece such as a Serpentine or Rabinet, or as cannister shot. Such shot is difficult to date, becoming common in the 17th Century, cannister shot continued to be used to the 19th Century.
Created on: Thursday 3rd August 2017
Last updated: Thursday 26th October 2017
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