Cannon balls or shotputs?

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    Bob In St Louis
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    My job is as an environmental consultant. The company I work for has a contract for the new airport runway expansion for the St. Louis airport - many houses and commercial buildings are going to be demolished during this development. We are going to the buildings after they have been vacated and surveying them for asbestos-containing building materials. One house I was at yesterday had been formerly occupied by someone who was a firearms owner - I found a couple of old targets and some 32ACP cartirdges in the basement.

    As I was kicking around in the trash in the basement (pretty messy place) I stubbed my toe on two round iron objects. One of them (the smaller) has a slightly impressed area the size of a dime on one side with a raised "8" in the depression. The larger one has a deeply etched "12" on it. Not being up on early cannon ordnance, is it possible these are cannon balls? Or are they someones shotputs? I haven't weighed them yet, but they feel like they are heavier then 8 or 12 pounds, respectively. Anyway, I got two new round masses of iron sitting at home in the living room. The dog is trying to figure out what they are - they don't roll as easy as her other balls!
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    If they're made out of iron, maybe they're Spanish bowling balls.

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    My grandfather caught a few cannon balls while shrimping, were about the size of a large grapefruit. You might have found something worth hanging on to. This link might help. www.iglou.com/btreasure/artillry.htm

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    Thanks Chad. Nice site to compare pictures - I do believe I have an 8 lb and a 12 lb solid shot here.

    As to the rest of youse guys -----

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    make sure they're solid Bob, there's still old Civil War ordance that's live

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    These appear to be solid shot. I have found no indication of a fuse port or fill plug - uniform smooth surface other than the numbers.

    Ah-hem (now I set myself up) Can anybody tell me the best way to clean my balls?

    One of them does have some red paint splashed on it.
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    Congratulations on a great find. Be careful Fredneck made a good point. My father used my grandfather's cannon ball as a shotput before he was told that it could still be live. The ball a friend of mine found has a raised spot about the size of a button on it we think that that is the fuse. I found this on preservation of relics. Hope that it helps. www.timecapsuleinc.com/preservation.htm

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    Thanks again Chad. You do seem to have a wealth of info.




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    Hi Bob,

    I'm sorry to tell you but what you have is without any doubt not a pair of cannonballs. IF they didn't have the numbers engraved or embossed on them, you might have something, but you'd have to x-ray them to make sure that there's no charge that's dangerous.

    What you've got is a pulverizing ball that's made of cast iron, they were used in the cement business or anywhere that had a raw ore and it needed to be powdered for use in concrete, wallboard or other dozens of uses.

    The numbers are the big giveaway, they designate the weight of the balls so they could be matched to what was being crushed. The raw ore would be put into a huge tumbler, then depending on the material, how fine it was to be crushed and the amount in the drum, the operator would pick the correct weight balls and toss them in. The machine would run on a timer, at which time the bin would be emptied, the balls removed & washed, then put on drying racks until they were needed for the next load.

    It's a very common mistake and if you're still not sure, have them x-rayed for proof positive. The vast majority of solid grapeshot were fairly small compared to a cannonball and most of the cannonballs had an internal charge.

    Sorry to burst your bubble, but at least you've got some cool shot puts.

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    Darn. Maybe I can have them made into a set of ear rings for Julie Andrews the next time we go cavorting in the hills shooting our Astras and looking for the Mothership.

    Pulverizing balls. Sounds like something on a pro wrestler.
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    I just don't choose to "Testilicate" on this circular unknown.

    Whack em tagether....see if they yell!
    OH WELL....fergit it.

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    Tho't you're supposed to hit'em between two bricks, to see how much water they suck up!

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    Give'm to Rosie O'Pigwart, maybe she can er nevermind!
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