Whaling explosive projectile
Brass, lead, and iron; 5.6 × 1.7cm. Made by Louis François Devisme, after 1840
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

The projectile was designed for hunting whales and other large game. It was made by the renowned Parisian gunsmith Louis François Devisme (1806–1873). It takes the shape of a brass cylinder with a blunt tip where an iron nipple screws in. Inside, a percussion cap rests on the nipple, ready to be ignited when the bullet strikes its target. The sealing cap for the bottom explosive chamber is missing. The exterior features a lead ring with grooves, enabling it to spin accurately through rifled barrels.


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