Originally Posted by Pukka Bundook
I know you are a busy chap, Michael,
But are the indentations in the split shot there to recieve musket balls,...to hold the two halves 'square' 'til they leave the muzzle?
I am a little surprised at the early date for this, having only seen 18th century types, joined with chain as here, or with the bars.
Though designed for taking out rigging, one flying a bit low would certainly take out one's personal 'rigging' in a rather horrendous manner!
On looking again, I think the 'holes' in one side are in fact studs protruding. Makes much more sense, and answers my dumb question!