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I found this while Metal detecting a CW battlefield area (private property, with permission). There was a Union cannon that was dismounted. I found this in close proximity to where this took place. I know it's an axle, but I'm unable to find information on who made cannon carriages or examples of the axles that were used. I currently have it in my electrolysis tank, and can post additional images after it has gone through the wax bath. Any help would be appreciated.
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I think that part you have found is called the spindle, not sure. It could be from a carriage or caisson, even just a supporting freight wagon. But what ever it is, it is pretty cool.
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Thank you for the response. I've been learning more about CW artillery and the supporting items that I wasn't aware of. The detective work that comes after a discovery is something that I enjoy, the who, what, when, where, and why.
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I would venture to guess that a spindle on a cannon carriage would not be hollow. I think the weight would have been to great. That said, I can't figure out why any spindle would be hollow with the exception of maybe being easier to produce by a black smith. Nice find.

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It appears to me that this is a cast piece and mass produced. Have no idea what light duty task it might have served.

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Nothing like a 19th C. U.S. cannon carriage axle, sorry.
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I think that piece is called a wagon skein.
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I think that piece is called a wagon skein.
Bingo! Good call.
https://www.hansenwheel.com/resource...ry#boxingskein
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I learn something new everyday. That makes perfect sense. I never gave much thought to how they kept a wooden wagon axle from wearing through when the wheel turns.

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A few photos, this helped me visualize how these worked
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