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    us
    Feb 2012
    Southern NJ
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    Colonial Musket Balls?

    Found these 2 musket balls in my backyard in very close proximity. They are about the width of a dime, maybe slightly more. One of the pics below shows them with my other finds to provide some scale. Is there any way to approximate the date on these? I know the British camped overnight and marched directly through my area just before the Battle of Monmouth (NJ). Thanks for any info you can provide.

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    us
    Sep 2011
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    Colonial Musket Balls

    Nice finds. You might want to check those "musket" balls with a magnet. They look iron to me. I would guess shot placed inside a cannonball if they are Rev War. Musket balls are generally made from lead which is dark gray or it turns white (oxidizes) with age. You might do some more research and see if any battle or skirmish activity occurred in your area.

    Found these 2 musket balls in my backyard in very close proximity. They are about the width of a dime, maybe slightly more. One of the pics below shows them with my other finds to provide some scale. Is there any way to approximate the date on these? I know the British camped overnight and marched directly through my area just before the Battle of Monmouth (NJ). Thanks for any info you can provide.

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  4. #3
    us
    Feb 2012
    Southern NJ
    Garrett AT Pro Garrett Pro Pointer
    267
    124 times
    Metal Detecting
    Thanks, rovnrbl53. I appreciate the info.

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    I agree that they look like iron, not lead.
    Posted you a pic of some that I found.
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  6. #5
    us
    Feb 2012
    Southern NJ
    Garrett AT Pro Garrett Pro Pointer
    267
    124 times
    Metal Detecting
    Thanks, JWT70, for the visual lesson. I'll be on the lookout for the lead variety.

 

 

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