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Regy

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Artillery pieces from Boer War?
« on: July 07, 2019, 08:05 PM »
Hi all, need some help on the below finds.
First item I believe is a piece of an artillery shells fuse. The reason for thinking this is that I have seen an example of the fuse mechanism of a 12 pounder, however mine looks thinner in construction, thus my doubt.


The second item was found in the same area, so thought it might be shrapnel, however its 20mm in diameter which is larger than the 1/2 shrapnel pictured next to it. So not sure if its n musket ball or shrapnel?


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Paul van Heerden

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Re: Artillery pieces from Boer War?
« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2019, 08:57 AM »
Sorry, I can't help you on this one
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Re: Artillery pieces from Boer War?
« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2019, 05:39 AM »
After some research I believe the shrapnel ball is actually an older .75 caliber musket ball probably from the Pattern 1839 or 1842 musket as used by the Natal Volunteers from the Zulu Wars era. 


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Re: Artillery pieces from Boer War?
« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2019, 11:07 AM »
Hi. It could be a musket ball. I have found simular  lead balls in 2 or 3 different sizes at a boer war battle field. My lead balls turned out to be shrapnel balls. I will measure mine and do another post for you when i get home :)

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Re: Artillery pieces from Boer War?
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