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Old 05-22-2011, 08:13 PM   #21
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Civil War dug Artillery Naval Grape shot Cannon Ball for Sale - World War Museum Artificats

This sure look like it! Google Images 'Grape Shot' You will come up with a lot of pictures that look similar. Yours looks a little smoother, but if it has been kicking around in a river bed for a couple hundred years, that might explain it.
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Old 05-23-2011, 06:08 AM   #22
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This sounds right, Rustic. The equator like ridge that Rich described would be a parting line from the original casting process.
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Civil War dug Artillery Naval Grape shot Cannon Ball for Sale - World War Museum Artificats

This sure look like it! Google Images 'Grape Shot' You will come up with a lot of pictures that look similar. Yours looks a little smoother, but if it has been kicking around in a river bed for a couple hundred years, that might explain it.
Not a bad match to my eye.

I suggested she bring it or send photos to the natural history museum in St. Louis.
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But Rich's ball isn't very rusty.
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Looks more like a copper verdigris?
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But Rich's ball isn't very rusty.
He said it was non magnetic - so it may be lead.
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He also said it "has a few rust-looking spots on it".
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He also said it "has a few rust-looking spots on it".
Probably just a coincidence but on my last visit I said the exact same thing to my doc...
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Probably just a coincidence but on my last visit I said the exact same thing to my doc...
Why on earth are you telling your doc that Rich has a few rust-colored spots on his ball?

Wait... maybe I'm parsing that wrong
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Well, those things that aren't used regularly often get rust on them!
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The ridge could indicate that it was cast from a mold.
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Some cast iron is non-magnetic
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So far, "grape shot" seems to be the best match (used to fill cannisters loaded into Civil War era cannons).
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Some cast iron is non-magnetic
Can you explain that?
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Probably meant stainless steel. Most common types are not attracted to a magnet.
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There are a few cast irons and steels that are not ferromagnetic: they are "austenitic", meaning their atoms are arranged in a face centered cubic pattern. Many of the stainless steels fit this category.
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