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A00967 - Great Deal on 32 Pounder Wood Fused Cannon Ball

Item Number: A00967

Item Title: Great Deal on 32 Pounder Wood Fused Cannon Ball

Price: $185

Shipping: Not included

Provenance: CS

Type: Cannon Ball

Size: 32 Pounder (6.4 Inch Caliber)

Sabot: Wood Cup (Missing)

Fuse: Wood Adapter (Missing)

Book:

Location Recovered: Unknown

Description:Really a pretty good shell that just needs a little love (wire brush and some polyurethane)to look much better. When I get to it I'll give it that love and the price will go up a bit. I might could even be talked into it at this price if you buy it.

This was an important caliber during the years before the Civil War. There were bigger guns but not many and the 32-lbers found themselves defending many forts and arming many ships. These cannon were still somewhat movable and fired a round big enough to be quite damaging. The improvements in casting in the early 1800's quickly allowed bigger guns to become plentiful but there were still a number of these in use at the beginning of the war especially in the south. As the war progressed the cannon soon became rifled and known as a "rifled 32-lber" gun. Many a Brooke was shot from these. But the original shell for one of these was the 32-lber wood fused ball. Most likely this ball is CS or pre-ACW.

The iron on this ball is pretty good with only some light ground action. It appears to have been coated over the rust with only some light hand cleaning done and now that is flaking off. But the iron is solid and there are no big pits of any kind. The fuse hole looks to be in good shape but also needs to be cleaned out a bit. The powder cavity has been flushed out.

Shell is inert, kind of cleaned and kind of coated.


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