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A01164 - Excellent 9

Item Number: A01164

Item Title: Excellent 9

Price: $390

Shipping: Not included

Provenance:

Type: Mortar Ball

Size: 9 Inch Caliber

Sabot: N/A

Fuse: Wood Adapter (Missing)

Book:

Location Recovered: NE US

Description:People often ask me about getting more artillery from the Rev War and War of 1812. We certainly want to but they are pretty hard to get. There is not a lot less ammunition from that period. But here is an excellent round.

This period was the start of a revolution in artillery advancement both in cannon manufacturing, black powder improvements, fusing improvements and cast iron quality. By far the largest amount of that early stuff in the smaller calibers was solid shot. But the few larger calibers employed used mostly explosive rounds. This 9" mortar ball is one of those rounds. Unfortunately there is no provenance with it so I can't really tie it to the US or Britain or France. From the rounds I've seen I feel pretty good it is a French ball from the Yorktown area. It is almost a perfect match to the one in my collection. The thickness of the iron matches my Rev War ball. By 1812 you can start to see better iron and slightly thicker walls to the shells. (By the Civil War they are much thicker.) I'll try to do more research to see if I can figure it out. The iron is very good on this shell and it displays nicely.

While I'm probably stating the obvious, the Archer bolt is in the images for size reference only and not included with this sale.

Cannon Bal is inert, cleaned and coated.


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