Purveyor of Bollocks to the Crowned Heads of Europe
Sunday, 31 May 2015
The Terminal Illness Guy
Yesterday's purchase - a stone cannon or mortar ball dating from the 16th / 17th century.
Green Eyes is always saying that I go out and come back with 'crap'. Last year, she sent me a text message saying, 'I hope you have a good birthday, and find lots of crap in junk shops'.
Yesterday, I brought this home, and she said, "Who would want that?!"
"You would be surprised," said I, "I sold the last one for £300, and it was only 4 inches in diameter. This one is 6 inches." She wasn't convinced.
I have tried to do a bit of research on stone cannon balls via the net, particularly ones which come from Devon like this one. My 4 inch limestone one came from the North Somerset coast.
There was a British site which were puzzling as to how a stone cannon ball turned up on the site of a Tudor playhouse. They worked out that rolling a cannon ball across the boards behind the scenes made a very good impression of thunder. It was a sound prop.
There are loads of pictures of stone cannon balls on the net - some single, others piled high in pyramidical stacks - but not much literature.
There is one American forum which roughly relates to artefacts of a historical nature, and someone has posted a picture of a stone sphere, found in some open area, suggesting that it could be a cannon ball, and they ask if any experts know what it is.
Someone posted up, Just wait until The Cannon Ball Guy sees it. He will tell you what it is.
Sure enough, the 'expert' Cannon Ball Guy turns up and says, Who would want to spend ages chiselling a lump of stone to make it round enough to use as a cannon ball, when they could cast them in iron so much easier? There were NO cannon balls made of stone after 1200 AD.
This is one reason why I never consult American medical advice forums.