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

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Record ID: IOW-C21B7E
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Isle of Wight
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A possible post-Medieval lead alloy possible cannon ball (c. 1500-c. 1800). This sub-spherical object has a flattened area, possibly due to impact. Two deep bisecting grooves may have been deliberately incised. This object is yellowish buff. Maximum diameter: 34.0mm (1.33858 inches); thickness: 29.8mm. Weight: 215.85g. (7.6145 ounces).
Created on: Friday 4th May 2018
Last updated: Saturday 5th May 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Isle of Wight', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: YORYM-0A2531
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: East Riding of Yorkshire
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A complete lead-alloy probable cannonball of Post-Medieval date, c.AD 1500 - 1800. The cannonball is spherical with hammered edges making the surface irregular. It is not clear whether the cannon ball has been fired. The metal has a mid-grey patina and is worn. The object is 32.9mm in diameter and weighs 144g. The size and weight of the ball suggests that it would fit a 'rabinet' cannon which had a 1inch bore and shot a 0.50 pound ball.
Created on: Wednesday 25th April 2018
Last updated: Monday 30th April 2018
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Record ID: DENO-66DFF7
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: East Riding of Yorkshire
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An incomplete lead or lead alloy shot or small cannon ball probably of the Post Medieval period, probably dating from about AD 1600 - AD 1800. The object is broadly 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 over the surface. The object measures 27.6 mm (1.09 inch) in diameter and is 25.9 mm in height. It weighs 63.0 g (2.22 oz). The object is a mid grey in colour with an uneven patina. Abrasi…
Created on: Monday 13th March 2017
Last updated: Thursday 16th March 2017
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Record ID: SWYOR-503D18
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: York
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A cast lead alloy ball, possibly a Post-Medieval cannonball for a small bore cannon such as a rabinet with a one inch bore. There is a mark where the casting sprue was removed and a large, flat facet on one side, suggesting that it may have struck some object other than stone. The diameter, at 28.5mm (1.1in) is correct for this type of cannon, but the weight, at 119.8gm (4.2oz) is too light, being only half the expected weight.
Created on: Monday 19th October 2015
Last updated: Wednesday 21st October 2015
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Record ID: SWYOR-D58D38
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Wakefield
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A cast lead cannon ball of Post-Medieval date, about AD 1500 - 1700. It is 50.3mm (1.97in) in diameter and weighs 652gm (1lb 7oz), suggesting that it was intended for use in a falconet. It was quite crudely cast, the two hemispheres being slightly different sizes, and there are traces of a casting ridge remaining. It has suffered considerable damage from agricultural machinery since deposition in the soil. A number of other falconet balls can be found on the database, most are cast iron but one or two are of cast lead. See for example references IOW-322F47 and SOM-047461. The fi…
Created on: Wednesday 7th January 2015
Last updated: Wednesday 7th January 2015
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Record ID: LANCUM-D35554
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Lancashire
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A lead or lead alloy sphere of unknown purpose and unknown age. It is highly unlikely to be cannon shot for a couple of reasons. Firstly it does not conform to any known bore of the seventeenth century or later. Secondly, it is not solid lead as it is too light for its size. This latter fact also excludes a lot of the other usual uses for lead balls. The comparatively low weight may be due to the construction of the sphere or it may be manufactured from a lighter alloy. It may be part of larger object. If it is shot it is more likely to be for use in a pre seventeenth century firearm,…
Created on: Tuesday 14th October 2014
Last updated: Monday 27th October 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'OMSKIRK', grid reference and parish protected.


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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-4C23D3
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Doncaster
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
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-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: LANCUM-0EF770
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Lancashire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Cast lead-alloy projectile, probably a cannonball of the Civil War period, i.e. 17th century.
Created on: Friday 3rd September 2010
Last updated: Friday 24th September 2010
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Thornton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: HESH-0A8E63
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: County of Herefordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Cannon ball of probable post medieval date (1500 - 1700). The cannon ball is sub-spherical with a diameter of 49.5mm. It weighs 664 grams (1lb 7ΒΌ ozs). It is made of either lead or lead alloy which has been presumably cast; although no casting flanges are present. The surface of the cannon ball has a number of dents and scrapes. These may have been formed through use, however they seem to be regular and the cannon ball may have been trimmed. However, this trimming might have been a result of recycling. The ball is of a mid grey white colour with small areas of slig…
Created on: Wednesday 4th August 2004
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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