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Finds ID

Posted: Wed Feb 05, 2020 9:45 am
by Merneo
Hi, Find from w/e MDF dig

Smartphone Pic's

Simplex + Field mode - One Bar off top sensitivity

clay soil
4-6 inch down
good tone

Any ideas - if it need a better from the base pic - say

Thanks for the Help

Paul
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Re: Finds ID

Posted: Wed Feb 05, 2020 10:07 am
by GeorgeMK
Hi Paul,

It’s a conical ball, most likely for a percussion revolver. Mid-19th century. The groove was for the cord that tied a paper tube to the ball. The paper tube held the charge of black powder.

Re: Finds ID

Posted: Wed Feb 05, 2020 10:28 am
by liamnolan
Great ID! I learn something every day, I am sure I have some of them in my "wotsit" box ..
Liam :;@

Re: Finds ID

Posted: Wed Feb 05, 2020 11:36 am
by GeorgeMK
liamnolan wrote:
Wed Feb 05, 2020 10:28 am
Great ID! I learn something every day, I am sure I have some of them in my "wotsit" box ..
Liam :;@
Most times the grooves on ‘bullets’ are grease grooves, but some designs were to attach a tube that held the powder charge. Usually for percussion revolvers or for breech-loading percussion carbines. The tubes are usually made from impregnated paper or linen.

I managed to find this picture on the internet, Look at the cartridge on the right and you can just about see the cord that ties the tube into the ball. The other two in the photo have their tubes attached by gluing.
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Re: Finds ID

Posted: Wed Feb 05, 2020 1:09 pm
by Merneo
Wow

George - Hidden talents - Thanks

How good are you on musket balls pic for id to follow

Paul