Complete iron spike-shot, very rare. Marex’s artifact

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Complete iron spike-shot, very rare. Marex’s artifact
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Complete iron spike-shot, very rare. 11-1/4 lb, 19" x 4-1/2". This is basically a 4" cannonball with sharp, square-shanked spikes on opposite ends to be shot out of a cannon like normal but with flaming pitch rags tied to the spikes, which set the target's sails on fire. This is the first shot of this kind we have ever offered, let alone from a major shipwreck. Recovered from: Maravillas, sunk in 1656 off Grand Bahama Island

(Note: There is evidence that Marex’s artifact finds from the Maravillas and the neighboring “Tumbaga wreck” of ca. 1528 became mixed, and it could be that this spike-shot actually came from the ealier wreck instead.)