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|Civil War Artillery|
|by Harry Ridgeway|
|A0141...Rifled artillery projectile, Britten design, English manufacture, bursting shell, pattern with short tapered nose segmented interior, lead cup sabot, wood fuze, rifled 32 pounder, 6.4 in.
Projectile was manufactured by the English and exported to the American conflict, either side could purchase them, but primary use was southern. The design follows Britten's English patent, employing a lead cup sabot with a counter bulge or large concave teat that extends beyond the bottom. Fuze employed was a wood time fuze, Jones Fuzes pg. 2, fuze hole is smooth and tapered, the simple to make fuze could easily be hammered into place. Projectile measures: diameter 6.36in., length 11.0in. (excluding fuze), weight 57.1lbs.
Artillery 3461 Britten shell wood fuze 6.4in., Ref: Bell, Heavy Ordnance, pg. 148.
Projectile measures: diameter 6.36in., length 11.0in. (excluding fuze), weight 57.1lbs. Sabot is unfired, and intact. Wood fuze missing, hole is tapered. Metal solid, nondug shell. Projectile is disarmed, open fuze hole exposes empty interior. Recovered: surplus stocks.
|A0912...Rifled artillery projectile, Britten design, English manufacture, rifled 32 pounder, 6.4 in., fragment, lead sabot.
Sabot from 6.4 inch Britten This is fired sabot that separated from its shell. It shows 9 lands & grooves and the shape of the rounded bottom of the Britten shell. This massive sabot illustrates the violence and problems caused by the flying sabots.
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