A round lead musket ball and musket cap also know as a percussion cap.
Invented in the 16th Century to be fired from a musket and widely used by the 1700s it changed warfare forever. Balls are loaded into the barrel of the musket loosely wrapped in a paper patch and backed with gun powder. The musket cap was used to ingnite the powder charge behind the ball.
date: 16th century replica
max dimension: 17mm
subject area: Social Science
specific themes: War, Military, Conflict
handling collection number: HC68