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Record ID: WREX-DC1313
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Powys
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Stone sub-spherical cannon ball made from a sedimentary stone. The object has a section missing. The size and weight would suggest a demi culverin of the Civil war period c. 1640-1700. Such dressed stone is commonly referred to as gunstone prior to the 17th century and were fired from smoothbore cannons. Diameter: 113mm; weight: 1431.9g (3.157Ib)
Created on: Monday 22nd October 2018
Last updated: Monday 22nd October 2018
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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: SWYOR-C952B8
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
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A possible stone cannon ball of Late Medieval to Post Medieval date. It is sub-spherical and made from what appears to be igneous rock, perhaps granite with possible feldspar seams. It is 50.1mm in diameter and weighs 145g. At just under 2 inches diameter, this ball is the right size for a Falconet cannon. Falconets were invented in the late 15th century and were used throughout the 16th and 17th centuries.
Created on: Tuesday 9th October 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 13th November 2018
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Record ID: SWYOR-C925B6
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
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A possible stone cannon ball of medieval to Post Medieval date, about AD 1450- 1700. It is sub-spherical and made from what appears to be igneous rock, perhaps granite with possible feldspar inclusions. At 2.6 inches diameter, this ball is just too big for a Falcon cannon. It could be made for a non-standard firearm if it is a cannon ball. Other uses in industry cannot be ruled out. It is 65.6mm in diameter and weighs 380g.
Created on: Tuesday 9th October 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 13th November 2018
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Record ID: PUBLIC-26EDBF
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Medway
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A probable iron cannon ball of post-medieval date, (circa 1550-1700AD) The cannonball is sub-spherical with a diameter ranging from 97.93mm to 81.47mm. It weighs 1.80 kilograms . The ball is of a dark-brown or rust red colour.with blackening to one side and lighter greyish areas. The cannon ball is in used condition with multiple pitting and dents. This cannon ball may date to the Dutch raid on the Medway Ports (1667AD), having been recovered lying on the mud at low tide close off Upnor Castle.
Created on: Wednesday 19th September 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 24th 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: 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: 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: 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
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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: 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: DUR-D5A8DD
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: County Durham
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A complete sandstone cannon ball from the Post-Medieval period c. AD1400-1700. The cannon ball is sub-spherical and the surface is mainly smooth, with some dents and areas of pitting. Just under half the cannon ball is light brown in colour, next to this is a strip of orange and then an uneven band of dark brown around the centre and the other side of the band is uneven in colour with patches of orange and dark brown to black. The cannon ball is c.185mm diameter and weighs approximately 20lbs. The cannonball was recovered from the River Wear in the vicinty of Framwellgate Bridge, fo…
Created on: Monday 5th March 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 13th 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: Monday 29th 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: LON-D79394
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Greater London Authority
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A complete stone Late Medieval or Post Medieval cannon ball dating between AD 1450-1750. Te diameter is 1.901 inches which makes it the correct size for a Falconet cannon. Falconets were invented in the late 15th century and were used throughout the 16th and 17th centuries. Other stone cannon balls on the database are LON-8C8719, SWYOR-09F4A2 and LON-E4B976. Dimensions: diameter: 48.2mm; weight: 144.58g.
Created on: Thursday 16th November 2017
Last updated: Thursday 16th November 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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Record ID: HAMP-A280DA
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Hampshire
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A post-medieval spherical iron cannon ball of uncertain post-medieval date. The object weighs 430 g and measures 50.4 mm in diameter. 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: Monday 3rd July 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 4th July 2017
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Record ID: WILT-D47306
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Wiltshire
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A post medieval lead probable cannon ball dating to c AD 1500-1600. The cannon ball is almost spherical with hammered edges making the circumference irregular. There is a small hole 4.28mm in diameter in the cannon ball, it is not clear whether this was the site of casting sprue or where the cannon ball was damaged as there are cracks running away from the hole. It is not clear whether the cannon ball has been fired. The size of the cannon ball suggests it may have been for a Serpentine cannon which had a bore of 1.5 inches (38.6mm) and shot weighing 8 oz (227g). The cannonball weighs…
Created on: Tuesday 30th May 2017
Last updated: Thursday 1st June 2017
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Record ID: DUR-54BFA1
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: County Durham
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A complete cast iron cannon ball, dating to the post-Medieval period (AD 1600-1700). The cannon ball is mid-brown, orange colour with areas of flaking and active corrosion. It is, however, in good condition with no obvious damage relating to prior use. No seams or casting marks are visible. The cannon ball size suggests that it was possibly for a 2.5 inch (63.5mm) bore cannon, the Falcon, which fired a ball weighing approximately 2lbs (907.2g). Similar examples are to be found in the database at HESH- ESE2C3 and HESH-1A5D66. Diameter: 56.02mm Weight: 679g
Created on: Wednesday 24th May 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 12th December 2018
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Record ID: HAMP-5399C3
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: City of Southampton
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A post-medieval (c.1590-1690) spherical iron cannon ball of uncertain post-medieval date. The object weighs 970g and measures 63.3mm in diameter. The surface is pitted (some deeper than others) and dark brown in colour, with patches of orange corrosion in many of the deeper pitted areas. There is no apparent damage to the surface. Blackmore, H.L. 1976 (pp. 293-8) suggests an English 'falcon' cannon for bore sizes of 2.5 inches (c.63mm) and 2lb in weight during the period c. 1590-1690. Reference: Blackmore, H. L. 1976. The Armouries of the Tower of London. Vol. 1, Ordnance, 216. Lo…
Created on: Friday 24th March 2017
Last updated: Friday 28th April 2017
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Record ID: WAW-2F401D
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Worcestershire
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Post Medieval (late 16thto 17thcentury) possible cannon ball: a broadly hemispherical corroded cast iron object which is heavily corroded. There are no signs of maker's marks or casting seams, but these may be distorted by corrosion. It weighs 67.31g (2.4 oz) and measures 27.41mm diameter. Although an inexact science, comparisons can be made with historic inventories of cannon shot, their dimensions and weights. These suggest that this ball might have been fired from known as the Minion Drake cannon which dates from the 16th to 17th century. There is also the possibility that…
Created on: Wednesday 22nd March 2017
Last updated: Friday 24th March 2017
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Record ID: WILT-FB42A2
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Wiltshire
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An iron cannon ball of post-medieval date. The cannonball is spherical with a diameter of 61 mm. It weighs 900g (31.7ozs or just under 2lbs). It is made of iron which has been presumably cast - although the seams cannot be seen. There is a small raised, circular section (8 mm diameter) evident which may be a sprue. The ball is of a mid-brown orange colour with areas of flaking and active corrosion. The cannon ball is in fairly good condition with no evidence of pitting. If the ball has been fired then it hasn't been damaged - suggesting it didn't hit anything substantial. The size of …
Created on: Monday 20th March 2017
Last updated: Monday 10th April 2017
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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: IOW-0164D7
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Isle of Wight
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A post-Medieval iron cannon ball (c. 1580-c. 1650). The ball is spherical but has a circular slightly flattened area, c. 34.0mm in diameter. The coarse surface is light and dark brown. Diameter: c. 76.0mm (c. 3.0 inches). Weight: c. 3lbs 11ounces. This cannon ball could possibly have been for a minion or falcon (Blackmore 1976: 393-396). The surface may have eroded and the original weight could have been four pounds. Blackmore, H. L. 1976. The Armouries of the Tower of London. Vol. 1, Ordnance, 216. London: HMSO.
Created on: Friday 24th February 2017
Last updated: Friday 24th March 2017
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Record ID: HESH-638172
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Shropshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Small cannon ball of probable Post-Medieval (English Civil War) dating to c. AD 1600 - 1700. The cannon ball is spherical. It has been made in iron which has been presumably cast. The ball is of a dark brown colour with orange flecks, small areas of slight flaking and active corrosion. The cannon ball is in fairly good condition and with no obvious dents or grazes which might suggest use. Due to its size it may have been made for a hand-held cannon (possibly a dragon or serpentine) rather than for a standard sized cannon. It measures diameter 33.5mm and weighs 143 grams.
Created on: Monday 23rd January 2017
Last updated: Thursday 14th September 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Cockshutt', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: KENT-FFFE97
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A near complete, cast iron, small cannon ball of the Post Medieval period, dating from c. AD 1550 - c.AD 1700. Description: The ball is spherical in plan and is broadly circular in section. There appears to be no casting seam present on the surface of the ball, however there is evidence of heavy iron corrosion in the form extensive irregularpitting across its surface. Precise diameter of the ball is unknown due to the unknown level of the iron corrosion. The ball is a mid to dark brown in colour with the iron corrosion showing as red and orange, it has an uneven patina. Abrasion caus…
Created on: Tuesday 13th December 2016
Last updated: Tuesday 13th December 2016
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: FAKL-C686D5
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Rotherham
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Post Medieval cannon ball, or ball from ball mill. Cast iron with a diameter ranging between 83.6mm and 80.5mm (c. 3.3 inches. The ball weighs 1997.1g (4.4 pounds) and fails to fit into any of the accepted calibres for Civil War, or later ordnance hence the suggestion that it may have come from a ball mill. This might be supported by its lack of symmetry. A ball mill consisted of a horizontal, revolving drum which contained iron balls. As the cylinder turned the constantly falling balls pulverised material placed in the drum. Ball mills were used in the preparated of powders for makin…
Created on: Monday 28th November 2016
Last updated: Thursday 7th September 2017
Spatial data recorded.


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