Rye Cannon Ball

inscription:  Model of cannon ball excavated at Landgate, Rye, 1907. This ball was probably fired by the French who twice burnt Rye to the ground (1377 & 1448)

height:  70mm and 105mm

matching arms:  Cinque Port of Rye;  Seal of Rye

notes:  There are two forms of the model as shown in the photograph: the cannon ball is either separate (the smaller size given above) or mounted on a white glazed pedestal (the larger size). In both cases the ball itself is coloured predominantly black and brown as shown.

The model first appeared in the 8th edition of The Goss Record where it was listed as a new shape, though only one size is mentioned in the listing and the accompanying illustration is of the cannon ball without the pedestal. The version with the pedestal was therefore presumably produced somewhat later.

 
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