Possible cannon ball


#1

I’ve got this item at a garage sale for $2 as a part of my Halloween costume when I take my children to a parade later this month. It is REAL heavy, I think it is lead. Then I pondered at who in his sane mind might make such a ball. And I thought of a cannon ball. So, could it be a cannon ball, maybe a newly made for re-enacting, employed as ball’n’chains? I was told in this forum that there was no such thing as a dumb question. I am trying hard.


#2

Cannon balls are typically made of iron. If it is lead, you should be able to mark the surface with a fingernail.


#3

Try a magnet.


#4

Being that I am a high school Throwers coach and a former thrower myself, I feel fairly confident in identifying that as a typical steel shot for the shot-put event. I made a similar ball&chain device for a friend of mine out of an old shot and I left it on his doorstep the day before he got married… If it is 12lbs, then it is a standard boys weight for high school shot. 16 lbs is college mens, and 8.8lbs (4K) is girls high school weight.


#5

It weighs 26 lbs and is not magnetic, solid lead.


#6

Not a cannon ball. Possibly made for use as part of this theatrical prop, or possibly a weight for some industrial application that someone decided to use for this purpose.


#7

Wow, it didn’t look 26lbs big, I guess lead is dense… Still, save it for a gag gift for the next buddy of yours who gets married.


#8

Vlad

I’d guess that it’s a commercial fishing weight. Commercial trollers will use weights up to 75 pounds or more and they are commonly called “cannon balls” because that is exactly what they look like.

Ray


#9

Ray,
I think you are right. Look here blueoceantackle.com/lead_fishing_weights.htm
It is just like mine.