Lot of two small, lead-sheathed iron cannonballs.

Currency:USD Category:Artifacts / Shipwreck Artifacts Start Price:350.00 USD Estimated At:500.00 - 750.00 USD
Lot of two small, lead-sheathed iron cannonballs.
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Lot of two small, lead-sheathed iron cannonballs. 1.35 kg total, diameters of 1-1/2" and 2-1/2". Before and instead of bronze, the use of iron cannonballs at sea generally meant that some rusted away before use, and this lot demonstrates an interesting way to circumvent that (and increase the weight and impact as well) by pressing thick sheets of lead onto the balls, one of them here with the rusty iron peeking from a crack but both intact and only very lightly encrusted in places. From an unidentified 1500s-1600s wreck off Santo Domingo, with Global Marine Exploration photo-certificate #SW00446. Recovered from: Unidentified 1500s-1600s wrecks off Santo Domingo