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Record ID: SOM-8A93D3
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
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About two fifths of a cast iron cannon ball. The majority of the cannonball is lost to an old break. This break may have happened after deposiiton due to rusting and fracturing of the iron. the piece now weighs 1118 grams suggesting an original weight of c.2,700 grams, 6 lbs. A cannon ball of this size and shape would have been typical for amunition for a saker cannon. The saker is a medium sized cannon developed during the early 16th century AD. The barrel of the saker was typically 2.9m long and weighed approximately 860kg. It required a creew of 6 to operate and could fire up to…
Created on: Monday 27th June 2011
Last updated: Monday 16th March 2015
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Record ID: SOM-A0A8A2
Object type: CANNON BALL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Somerset
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Post Medieval iron cannon ball. It is spherical and is 38.2mm (1.5 inches) in diameter. It weighs 179g (6.25oz). The surface of the ball is corroded and flaking and probably some mass has been lost to corrosion. A cannon ball weighing 8ozs was fired from a Robinet cannon and this may be for a similar size cannon. These type of cannons were used in the 17th century (Blackmore 1990 Arms and Armour of the English Civil Wars, Royal Armouries p. 83). the find spot may suggest a civil war association as Wellington was fired on from this area.
Created on: Friday 7th September 2012
Last updated: Friday 14th September 2012
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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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