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Object Name ORDNANCE PROTOTYPE
Catalog Number 0985.07.00182
Date 1861-1862
Description The ordnance prototype is a varnished cherry wood model of a pointed projectile with a partially hollow base.
Material Wood
Dimensions H-8.5 Dia-4 inches
Owned James Hill Carkeet
Made James Hill Carkeet
Provenance James Hill Carkeet invented and made this model of a cannon "ball" during 1861-1862. "He also invented, made, and perfected the wire wound gun, a partial description of which I enclose."

The newspaper description of the "cannon ball" is as follows: "The body of the shot is cylindrical, the front part terminating in a point t the angle of 35 degrees, more or less; the conical part or point having two blades, or cutters, the plane of which are vertical from, and parallel with the centre line of the figure or shot; from the edge of each blade or cutter there are receding eccentric conical surfaces depressed to the lower part of each cutter, or at the angle of about 25 degrees from the cylindrical sides. In the rear of the shot, there is the Enfield conical cavity...." (undated article in unidentified Natchez, Mississippi, newspaper)
People Carkeet, James Hill
Subjects Artillery (Weaponry)