Bronze breech block marked "III".

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Bronze breech block marked  III .
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Bronze breech block marked "III". 29 lb, 8-1/2" x 5". With handle in side and semicircular protrusion in bottom, this was basically a "rapid fire cartridge" that could be packed ahead of time and simply set into a breech-block cannon and fired, with small touchhole below numeral III in side, coppery-bronze with a sea-foam green highlights. Pedigreed to the Marty Meylach collection, with copy of a letter from Mendel Peterson of the Smithsonian Institution describing the piece and its purpose. Recovered from:Spanish 1733 Fleet, Florida Keys