Maybe a head knocker!? Nice whatever it is and most likely a good conversation starter when displayed in a prominent room of the house.Well, I think its natural. I'm on the other side of the country in Richmond Virginia. Richmond sits on "the falls" of the James River, a five mile stretch where the river is a jumbled mess of granite boulder rapids before dropping down onto the coastal plain. Granite balls like that are found with some frequency here, anything from golf ball to cannonball sized. What happens is, every once in a while under just the right conditions, chunks of rock get caught up in the boulders and just roll around and around like in a washing machine until they end up round balls like that. During low water it is also possible to go out into the river bed and find the bowl shaped depressions in the granite bedrock where these events happened.
That said they are a cool curiosity and just as people today pick them to take home, I expect people long ago did too. Maybe to use for something, maybe for the kids to play, or maybe just to look at.
Looks to be 1 7/8 to 2 inch diameter. Your opinion is correct!It looks like red granite that was "Pecked" into a sphere, but stone cannon balls are also pecked. Would need a diameter measurement to determine whether it is a cannon ball or gameball.
still a nice find imo...
This February an archaeologist in Ariz has located one of Coronado's camps/out posts and found a beautiful 3ft brass Wall Gun. Small round stones like yours were fired from them when lead was scarce or too heavy to carry along.