Lead…

Lead Powder Caps…

musddyheruitage,com 024These civil war “era” powder measure “caps” which normally when found buried in the ground would be somewhat flat, but this came up as you see it… as we all know, these end caps are made from lead, which is malleable, & soon becomes distorted after being turned over in the ground by the plough,  with most of these caps quickly becoming flat, broken or totally destroyed… powder measure2
If you research these little artefacts you most probably will come across the pictures of them attached to a belt strapped across a solders chest, these belts are called bandoliers, and would have held the wooden powder flasks, & each one of these powder flasks would contain an exact amount of black powder for one single shot…

If you note the two loops, on the “powder cap” these two loops, when in use would have had, a cord threaded through them to keep the cap firmly in place over the flask, which in turn has the cord firmly attached to the flask… Although the picture on the right shows exactly what we are talking about, the flask itself is made from lead and is covered in a thin layer of leather, and not a wooden flask, but it shows exactly what the purpose of these caps in life was… The term ‘powder cap’ is often a misnomer because they are not actual “caps for powder “but are in fact caps for a powder holder” or “end caps for powder measures”…. Many of these have been recorded with PAS, & are frequent finds where the civil war conflict took place, and should be noted especially where musket balls are found, as there is a plausible connection…

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