🔎 UNIDENTIFIED Projectile Cannon/ Artillery? Would like more information.

Sam moser

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I believe this is a cannon projectile. It looks like cast iron. It's 3 5/8" dia x 3 1/2" tall and weighs 6lb 10oz. I haven't found anything like it searching the internet. I would like to know in what time frame it was made and location it might have been made in. My parents had it for as long as I can remember. I have always been curious about it. Also would like to know why the base is cast in the shape it is.
 

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Hopefully the cannonballguy will see this post. If not maybe you can msg him
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Various similar versions of that iron/steel object have been turning up in this forum for the past 15 years. It is definitely not an artillery projectile, from any era of artillery history. It has a cylindrical (actually, cylindro-conical) body shape, but it is much too short to function properly as a cylindrical artillery projectile. Also, the two shallow flat-bottomed grooves on opposite sides of the object suggest that it was gripped by something which fit into those grooves. And of course, something else fit into the peculiar-shaped indention in your object's base.

Some cannonball/artillery-projectile collectors have nicknamed it a "nipple slug" or "boob slug" due to the short nipple-like concentric circular projections on its top.

I'll attach photos showing several versions which have previously appeared in this forum.
 

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I wonder if it isn't a part from a pigging system for cleaning pipes, an Antique one?
 
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I don't know I hadn't seen any of the other posts.

Well damn, I actually posted something similar for a friend.......Forgot all about that!

 
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those slots on the sides remind me of something a retractable key would fit into to snug it up.
 
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Does a Magnet stick to it ?
 
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