Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Bavaria, Germany - the center of 15th and 16th century gunmaking
Before the Ball: Clod Shot of 1375 - the Earliest Lead Gun Ammunition!
The scans attached are from Puype and Stevens' Arms and Armour of Knights and Landsknechts in the Netherlands Army Museum, 2010.
The lower image shows two similar pieces of clod shot in the author's collection. The were just chopped off from a lead bar. Klotzgeschoss is the correct German term.
I believe that clod shot was first used to drive gun arrows; they used to have a reinforcing flat tin roundel nailed to the bottom. More soon.