Back in the 1970's, in Ft. Lauderdale, I began acquiring marine antiques when that city was a seafaring town, not the fast lane metropolis it is today. I had an archaeological conservation tank at my business location, used to stabilize marine artifacts by reverse electrolysis in a conductive solution.This slowly changed the chemical nature of salt corroded iron from iron oxide to iron chloride. The outer layer always flaked away, The other cannonball, on my other ad,which is more expensive was more successfully conserved than this, it may have been run 1 year in the tank, as it lost no metal in 30 years. This has flaked, as shown in the photos, but not disintegrated as those do not conserved.I suspect this was in the tank six months,, did not get the full treatment,.so should remain about as it is nowI have not tried to hide anything, so have shown it as is. I suggest painting it with tannic acid, to restore appearance, actually this is safer than the other cannonball, as it has a flat side and will not roll off a desk. I had a friend touching a cannonball on my desk, it rolled off and broke his foot. One of the most creative ideas I ever saw with a cannonball was at the Oldest House Bed and Breakfast in Saint Augustine, 30 years ago.. It had a thick oak door facing the sea, with a cannonball embedded in it. The owners stated it was fired by Sir Francis Drake, when expressed his hatred of the Spaniards as he sailed by. If you have a thick oak door facing the sea, you might replicate that, and create your own legend. If kept outdoors, paint it with Rustoleum hammered black paint, from Home Depot.
According to Treasure Divers Guide by Potter, a 24 pond cannonball was fired from a cannon with a 5.8 inch bore, which seems to match this diameter. Before 1760, that would have been a 9 foot 6 inch gun. After scientific reforms in 1760, that would have been a 7 foot gun, This is most likely English, as British ships often had 24 pound long guns., though France and Sweden also used them.. I believe the USS constitution had 24 pound guns,when I visited her decades ago. I noticed they were George Rex marked British guns. Since cannons changed hands as prizes of war.. I cannot know where this was made. I will mark it made in USA on customs forms, unless you have another preference. I will ship this free in the US or Priority Express mail outside the US.If outside the US, please give me a full shipping address for shipping cost. I have other nautical antiques on other ads, including another cannonball, This was used on a ship, at sea, found in the ocean,and would be at least 150 years old. NOTE, I tried to lower the price to $80, but could not as all antiques must be at least $100.. SO I changed he $20 US shipping to free, and will deduct $20 from overseas shipping, but must have your address to know shipping cost.
24 Pound Iron Cannonball Fair Condition May be English with Free US Shipping