Cannonballs found at Waterloo

An estimated Forty Two thousand cannonballs of all sizes were fired at Waterloo. By far the most used projectile was the roundshot, a solid iron ball capable of terrible destruction. The roundshot relied on a smashing effect but at Waterloo the ground was so sodden that few would have bounced and most buried themselves deep in the soft ground. Cannonball finds are not common at Waterloo as most are still lying deep underground. The majority of those that have been found now lie in museums. 

 

 

 

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British 18pdr Hougoumont area

A fascinating historical piece.

We believe this is either a British 18pdr solid shot weighing approx 7.81Kilos with a diameter of just over 5.25 inches and circumference of approx 16.25 inches or possibly a last resort solid shot for one of Bulls battery long 5.5in howitzers. It would certainly fit in the howitzer and as there were no known 18pdrs at Waterloo it was either used by Bulls battery or came from the Siege artillery ammunition cart which we know made it to Waterloo before the battle commenced. ( The British siege artillery itself was left behind in Brussels) Contrary to popular belief Long barreled howitzers could and did fire solid shot in an emergency at close range along with canister shot.

It was found by a local farmer around Hougoumont and given to Derek Saunders during his 1979-85 expedition to repair the well and walls. 

This one comes with a copy of the original note from Derek Saunders presenting cannonballs to his friend and stating that they were ploughed up and given to him by the local farmer. Provenance doesn't get any better than this one.

 

Cannonballs are now extremely rare finds and can only be found with deep scan metal detectors. On the day of the battle rain had made the ground very muddy and a lot of the estimated 42,000 cannonballs fired that day ended up deep in the soil. However this one did not seem to want to stay in the ground any longer and decided to pop out to end up here. Truly a unique find.

Condition amongst find from different areas of the battlefield varies a great deal with some items exhibiting lots of corrosion and some very little.

In overall superb condition.

 

 

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British 18pdr Hougoumont area

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A fascinating historical piece.

We believe this is either a British 18pdr solid shot weighing approx 7.81Kilos with a diameter of just over 5.25 inches and circumference of approx 16.25 inches or possibly a last resort solid shot for one of Bulls battery long 5.5in howitzers. It would certainly fit in the howitzer and as there were no known 18pdrs at Waterloo it was either used by Bulls battery or came from the Siege artillery ammunition cart which we know made it to Waterloo before the battle commenced. ( The British siege artillery itself was left behind in Brussels) Contrary to popular belief Long barreled howitzers could and did fire solid shot in an emergency at close range along with canister shot.

It was found by a local farmer around Hougoumont and given to Derek Saunders during his 1979-85 expedition to repair the well and walls. 

This one comes with a copy of the original note from Derek Saunders presenting cannonballs to his friend and stating that they were ploughed up and given to him by the local farmer. Provenance doesn't get any better than this one.

 

Cannonballs are now extremely rare finds and can only be found with deep scan metal detectors. On the day of the battle rain had made the ground very muddy and a lot of the estimated 42,000 cannonballs fired that day ended up deep in the soil. However this one did not seem to want to stay in the ground any longer and decided to pop out to end up here. Truly a unique find.

Condition amongst find from different areas of the battlefield varies a great deal with some items exhibiting lots of corrosion and some very little.

In overall superb condition.

 

 


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4pdr Cannonball French found around Hougoumont

 

 Surely a unique find history for this piece

This French 4pdr has lost some of it's mass over 200 years and now weighs 1608 grammes

It was found by a local farmer around Hougoumont and given to Derek Saunders during his 1979-85 expedition to repair the well and walls. Historians never mention 4pdrs at Waterloo so this one along with the other one on this site remain an enigma. Perhaps it was lost from an ammunition cart or fired from an unknown battery. Many items have turned up over the years that Shouldn't couldn't or wouldn't have been there and i guess we will never know why this one turned up.

This one comes with a copy of the original note from Derek Saunders presenting cannonballs to his friend and stating that they were ploughed up and given to him by the local farmer. Provenance doesn't get any better than this one.

 

Cannonballs are now extremely rare finds and can only be found with deep scan metal detectors. On the day of the battle rain had made the ground very muddy and a lot of the estimated 42,000 cannonballs fired that day ended up deep in the soil. However this one did not seem to want to stay in the ground any longer and decided to pop out to end up here. Truly a unique find.

Condition amongst find from different areas of the battlefield varies a great deal with some items exhibiting lots of corrosion and some very little.

In overall superb condition.

If you own one 4pdr cannonball from Waterloo have this one.

 

 

 

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4pdr Cannonball French found around Hougoumont

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 Surely a unique find history for this piece

This French 4pdr has lost some of it's mass over 200 years and now weighs 1608 grammes

It was found by a local farmer around Hougoumont and given to Derek Saunders during his 1979-85 expedition to repair the well and walls. Historians never mention 4pdrs at Waterloo so this one along with the other one on this site remain an enigma. Perhaps it was lost from an ammunition cart or fired from an unknown battery. Many items have turned up over the years that Shouldn't couldn't or wouldn't have been there and i guess we will never know why this one turned up.

This one comes with a copy of the original note from Derek Saunders presenting cannonballs to his friend and stating that they were ploughed up and given to him by the local farmer. Provenance doesn't get any better than this one.

 

Cannonballs are now extremely rare finds and can only be found with deep scan metal detectors. On the day of the battle rain had made the ground very muddy and a lot of the estimated 42,000 cannonballs fired that day ended up deep in the soil. However this one did not seem to want to stay in the ground any longer and decided to pop out to end up here. Truly a unique find.

Condition amongst find from different areas of the battlefield varies a great deal with some items exhibiting lots of corrosion and some very little.

In overall superb condition.

If you own one 4pdr cannonball from Waterloo have this one.

 

 

 


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French 4pdr cannonball Plancenoit

 

French 4pdr cannonball weighs 1941 grammes

 

Here we have for sale one of those items that most historians claim was never used at Waterloo. It is known that the smallest calibre used on the Battlefield that day was 6pdr used by both French and British, Most historians disagree that 4pdrs or Grape shot was ever used during the battle but here we have one 4pdr found dug from the very same battlefield near Plancenoit. Perhaps one battery did open fire,Perhaps it fell from a surplus ammunition cart that question will probably never be answered. I have seen many items dug from the field and some are regimentally marked to units that were never thought to be there. That for me is the pleasure of these artifacts you just never know what will turn up next.

 

French 4pdr Cannonball found North West of Plancenoit. This one was found by a Belgian Collector and Metal Detectorist between 1980 and 2005.  exact location map will be provided with the certificate of provenance.

Cannonballs are now extremely rare finds and can only be found with deep scan metal detectors. On the day of the battle rain had made the ground very muddy and a lot of the estimated 42,000 cannonballs fired that day ended up deep in the soil.

Condition amongst finds from different areas of the battlefield varies a great deal with some items exhibiting lots of corrosion and some very little.

In overall good condition as this one has been treated to remove all corrosion.

This is the only one i have ever had and you are not likely to see another.

This one comes with the original map from the digger and a signed map and certificate of provenance. One of a kind

 

 

 

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French 4pdr cannonball Plancenoit

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French 4pdr cannonball weighs 1941 grammes

 

Here we have for sale one of those items that most historians claim was never used at Waterloo. It is known that the smallest calibre used on the Battlefield that day was 6pdr used by both French and British, Most historians disagree that 4pdrs or Grape shot was ever used during the battle but here we have one 4pdr found dug from the very same battlefield near Plancenoit. Perhaps one battery did open fire,Perhaps it fell from a surplus ammunition cart that question will probably never be answered. I have seen many items dug from the field and some are regimentally marked to units that were never thought to be there. That for me is the pleasure of these artifacts you just never know what will turn up next.

 

French 4pdr Cannonball found North West of Plancenoit. This one was found by a Belgian Collector and Metal Detectorist between 1980 and 2005.  exact location map will be provided with the certificate of provenance.

Cannonballs are now extremely rare finds and can only be found with deep scan metal detectors. On the day of the battle rain had made the ground very muddy and a lot of the estimated 42,000 cannonballs fired that day ended up deep in the soil.

Condition amongst finds from different areas of the battlefield varies a great deal with some items exhibiting lots of corrosion and some very little.

In overall good condition as this one has been treated to remove all corrosion.

This is the only one i have ever had and you are not likely to see another.

This one comes with the original map from the digger and a signed map and certificate of provenance. One of a kind

 

 

 


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French 6pdr cannonball

 

Description

 

French 6pdr Cannonball one of 4 found in 1979 by a french metal detectorist and cannonball collector.Purchased from that collection by myself in 2003 when it was put up for auction. These were found in the area between La Haie Sainte and Hougoumont exact location map will be provided with the certificate of provenance.

Cannonballs are now extremely rare finds and can only be found with deep scan metal detectors. On the day of the battle rain had made the ground very muddy and a lot of the estimated 42,000 cannonballs fired that day ended up deep in the soil.

Condition amongst find from different areas of the battlefield varies a great deal with some items exhibiting lots of corrosion and some very little.

In overall superb condition as these have been shotblasted to remove all corrosion. Typical french rough casting of the period. I have 2 for sale from that batch found in 1979. One will be supplied.

 

 

 

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French 6pdr cannonball

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Description

 

French 6pdr Cannonball one of 4 found in 1979 by a french metal detectorist and cannonball collector.Purchased from that collection by myself in 2003 when it was put up for auction. These were found in the area between La Haie Sainte and Hougoumont exact location map will be provided with the certificate of provenance.

Cannonballs are now extremely rare finds and can only be found with deep scan metal detectors. On the day of the battle rain had made the ground very muddy and a lot of the estimated 42,000 cannonballs fired that day ended up deep in the soil.

Condition amongst find from different areas of the battlefield varies a great deal with some items exhibiting lots of corrosion and some very little.

In overall superb condition as these have been shotblasted to remove all corrosion. Typical french rough casting of the period. I have 2 for sale from that batch found in 1979. One will be supplied.

 

 

 


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French 6pdr cannonball

 

Description

 

French 6pdr Cannonball one of 4 found in 1979 by a french metal detectorist and cannonball collector. These were found in the area between La Haie Sainte and Hougoumont exact location map will be provided with the certificate of provenance.

Cannonballs are now extremely rare finds and can only be found with deep scan metal detectors. On the day of the battle rain had made the ground very muddy and a lot of the estimated 42,000 cannonballs fired that day ended up deep in the soil.

Condition amongst find from different areas of the battlefield varies a great deal with some items exhibiting lots of corrosion and some very little.

In overall superb condition as this one has been treated to remove all corrosion.

 

 

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French 6pdr cannonball

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Description

 

French 6pdr Cannonball one of 4 found in 1979 by a french metal detectorist and cannonball collector. These were found in the area between La Haie Sainte and Hougoumont exact location map will be provided with the certificate of provenance.

Cannonballs are now extremely rare finds and can only be found with deep scan metal detectors. On the day of the battle rain had made the ground very muddy and a lot of the estimated 42,000 cannonballs fired that day ended up deep in the soil.

Condition amongst find from different areas of the battlefield varies a great deal with some items exhibiting lots of corrosion and some very little.

In overall superb condition as this one has been treated to remove all corrosion.

 

 


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French 12pdr cannonball

 

Description

 

French 12pdr Cannonball one of 4 found in 1979 by a french metal detectorist and cannonball collector. These were found in the area between La Haie Sainte and Hougoumont exact location map will be provided with the certificate of provenance.

Cannonballs are now extremely rare finds and can only be found with deep scan metal detectors. On the day of the battle rain had made the ground very muddy and a lot of the estimated 42,000 cannonballs fired that day ended up deep in the soil.

Condition amongst finds from different areas of the battlefield varies a great deal with some items exhibiting lots of corrosion and some very little.

In overall good condition as this one has been treated to remove all corrosion. 12pdrs are a very rare find and this is one of only 4 that i have in the collection.

 

 

 

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French 12pdr cannonball

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Description

 

French 12pdr Cannonball one of 4 found in 1979 by a french metal detectorist and cannonball collector. These were found in the area between La Haie Sainte and Hougoumont exact location map will be provided with the certificate of provenance.

Cannonballs are now extremely rare finds and can only be found with deep scan metal detectors. On the day of the battle rain had made the ground very muddy and a lot of the estimated 42,000 cannonballs fired that day ended up deep in the soil.

Condition amongst finds from different areas of the battlefield varies a great deal with some items exhibiting lots of corrosion and some very little.

In overall good condition as this one has been treated to remove all corrosion. 12pdrs are a very rare find and this is one of only 4 that i have in the collection.

 

 

 


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French 12pdr cannonball reverse slope

 

Description

 

French 12pdr Cannonball found on the reverse slope behind the Allied Lines. This one was found by a Belgian Collector and Metal Detectorist between 1980 and 2005. It had flown straight over the ridge line and ended up way behind on the reverse slope not far from the Brussels road exact location map will be provided with the certificate of provenance.

Cannonballs are now extremely rare finds and can only be found with deep scan metal detectors. On the day of the battle rain had made the ground very muddy and a lot of the estimated 42,000 cannonballs fired that day ended up deep in the soil.

Condition amongst finds from different areas of the battlefield varies a great deal with some items exhibiting lots of corrosion and some very little.

In overall good condition as this one has been treated to remove all corrosion. 12pdrs are a very rare find and this is one of only 4 that i have in the collection.

 

 

 

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French 12pdr cannonball reverse slope

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Description

 

French 12pdr Cannonball found on the reverse slope behind the Allied Lines. This one was found by a Belgian Collector and Metal Detectorist between 1980 and 2005. It had flown straight over the ridge line and ended up way behind on the reverse slope not far from the Brussels road exact location map will be provided with the certificate of provenance.

Cannonballs are now extremely rare finds and can only be found with deep scan metal detectors. On the day of the battle rain had made the ground very muddy and a lot of the estimated 42,000 cannonballs fired that day ended up deep in the soil.

Condition amongst finds from different areas of the battlefield varies a great deal with some items exhibiting lots of corrosion and some very little.

In overall good condition as this one has been treated to remove all corrosion. 12pdrs are a very rare find and this is one of only 4 that i have in the collection.

 

 

 


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sold
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French 6pdr cannonball reverse slope

 

Description

 

French 6pdr Cannonball found on the reverse slope behind the Allied Lines. This one was found by a Belgian Collector and Metal Detectorist between 1980 and 2005. It had flown straight over the ridge line and ended up  behind on the reverse slope very close to the right hand side of the the Brussels road exact location map will be provided with the certificate of provenance.

Cannonballs are now extremely rare finds and can only be found with deep scan metal detectors. On the day of the battle rain had made the ground very muddy and a lot of the estimated 42,000 cannonballs fired that day ended up deep in the soil.

Condition amongst finds from different areas of the battlefield varies a great deal with some items exhibiting lots of corrosion and some very little.

In overall good condition as this one has been treated to remove all corrosion.

 

 

 

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French 6pdr cannonball reverse slope

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Description

 

French 6pdr Cannonball found on the reverse slope behind the Allied Lines. This one was found by a Belgian Collector and Metal Detectorist between 1980 and 2005. It had flown straight over the ridge line and ended up  behind on the reverse slope very close to the right hand side of the the Brussels road exact location map will be provided with the certificate of provenance.

Cannonballs are now extremely rare finds and can only be found with deep scan metal detectors. On the day of the battle rain had made the ground very muddy and a lot of the estimated 42,000 cannonballs fired that day ended up deep in the soil.

Condition amongst finds from different areas of the battlefield varies a great deal with some items exhibiting lots of corrosion and some very little.

In overall good condition as this one has been treated to remove all corrosion.

 

 

 


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French 12pdr deformed cannonball

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Description

 

French 12pdr Cannonball one of 4 found in 1979 by a french metal detectorist and cannonball collector. Incredibly this one is very slightly flattened indicating that at some stage of it's flight it struck something very hard either a wall, cannon or suchlike. These were found in the area between La Haie Sainte and Hougoumont exact location map will be provided with the certificate of provenance.

Cannonballs are now extremely rare finds and can only be found with deep scan metal detectors. On the day of the battle rain had made the ground very muddy and a lot of the estimated 42,000 cannonballs fired that day ended up deep in the soil.

Condition amongst finds from different areas of the battlefield varies a great deal with some items exhibiting lots of corrosion and some very little.

In overall good condition as this one has been treated to remove all corrosion. 12pdrs are a very rare find and this is one of only 4 that i have in the collection. One should remember that in 1815 the French used a different weights and measures system to Us and their Pound weighed more than ours. Therefore a French 12 pdr could end up weighing a fair bit more than our current 12lb weight.

This is a fantastic collectors piece and very unusual.

 

 

 

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French 12pdr deformed cannonball

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Description

 

French 12pdr Cannonball one of 4 found in 1979 by a french metal detectorist and cannonball collector. Incredibly this one is very slightly flattened indicating that at some stage of it's flight it struck something very hard either a wall, cannon or suchlike. These were found in the area between La Haie Sainte and Hougoumont exact location map will be provided with the certificate of provenance.

Cannonballs are now extremely rare finds and can only be found with deep scan metal detectors. On the day of the battle rain had made the ground very muddy and a lot of the estimated 42,000 cannonballs fired that day ended up deep in the soil.

Condition amongst finds from different areas of the battlefield varies a great deal with some items exhibiting lots of corrosion and some very little.

In overall good condition as this one has been treated to remove all corrosion. 12pdrs are a very rare find and this is one of only 4 that i have in the collection. One should remember that in 1815 the French used a different weights and measures system to Us and their Pound weighed more than ours. Therefore a French 12 pdr could end up weighing a fair bit more than our current 12lb weight.

This is a fantastic collectors piece and very unusual.

 

 

 


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