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  1. #1

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    Metal Ball

    I found this metal ball, maybe cast-iron, in my yard a couple years ago (I live in San Diego). It's exactly 1 pound and almost exactly 2 inches in diameter. Is it a cannon ball?

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    Looks like a 1 pounder to me.

    Not being funny... Diameter should be 1.95
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    The term "one pounder" is the actual "name"... but more so the "caliber designation"... to be exact.
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    It looks like a one pounder, I hope it is! If so, you have a very nice relic on your hands! What is the diameter, it looks like it could be 1.95 inches like AARC said, I think you may have one.
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    It is either a small canon ball or maybe a canister shot.
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    "Precision" weighing, and diameter measuring, are crucially important for correctly distinguishing an actual cannonball from the many lookalikes which are NOT artillery balls. You say this ball weighs "exactly one pound, which causes me to assume you weighed it on a precision scale which said 1 pound 0 ounces. If that is the case, its precise weight and diameter of 1.95-inches (not counting the rust-encrustation) would indicate it is a 1-Pounder caliber cannonball, from the Colonial Era into the early-1800s. Its weight and diameter also indicate it is made of cast-iron, and not steel, which is a heavier alloy. (A steel ball of 1.95-inch diameter would weigh about 1 pound 1.6 ounces.) There were no steel Field Artillery cannonballs, so your ball being made of cast-iron keeps it in the cannonball category.

    I checked the historical data on diameters-&-weight of Grapeshot and Canister-ammo balls used in America, and can tell you that your ball's diameter and weight don't match up with any Grapeshot or Canister balls.
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    There was never much fighting with cannon in California history, back then. I find rusty metal balls like this at old mine sites or along railroad spurs that come out of the mines. It could also be a large ball bearing.
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    Just being Educational here... we can rule out a ball-bearing, because ANoble's ball is made of simple cast-iron. ALMOST ever since their beginning, ball-bearings have been made of steel, because of the crucial need for maximum durability/resistance-to-wear. Cast-iron doesn't stand up to "constant wear" very well at all.
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    Yep what he said
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    Mill ball?

  13. #13

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    The diameter as far as I can measure is almost 2 inches!
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  14. #14

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    Wow thank you so much for the insight! Yes, I did weight it on a precision scale and it is exactly 1 pound. I don't have a way to get an exact diameter, but it is just shy of 2 inches from what I can tell.

  15. #15
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    It could be an early Spanish one pounder from Spanish occupation back in the 1700's.
    2014-2017 Finds
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    165? french liard
    1696 1774 1730s 17?? copper
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    40 Musket Balls
    1906 1912 1934 dog Lics
    16 1700s Buckles 1 silver
    2 1700s spigot
    3 Thimbles 1 silver
    Cleaning Finds:
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