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|A0142...Rifled artillery projectile, Brooke design, Confederate manufacture, bursting shell, smooth sided pattern, copper ratchet disc sabot, copper time fuze, Confederate 30 pounder rifle, 4.2in.
Projectile was Confederate manufactured following John Brooke 's design. The sabot system utilized was a copper disc held in place by ratchet ribs cast into both the heavy sabot and shell body, and secured with a center bolt, a manufacturing innovation allowing the parts made of different metals, copper and iron, to be prepared independent and assembled at the end. Sides of this pattern are smooth, bourrelet rings were used for the larger calibers but not this pattern. Fuze employed was a copper percussion fuze, Jones, Fuzes, pg. 52 and sequence. Projectile measures: diameter 4.1in., length 13.in. excluding fuze, weight 27lbs.
Artillery 3531 Brooke shell ratchet disc 4.2in., Ref: Bell, Heavy Ordnance, pg. 157.
Projectile measures: diameter 4.1in., length 13.0in. (excluding fuze), weight 27.0lbs. Heavy copper disc sabot is fired, but barely took the rifling. Sabot and sabot bolt are intact, bolt is removable and may be replacement. Copper time fuze intact. Metal solid with areas of pitting. Projectile is disarmed, drill hole through paper section of time fuze. Recovered: Bermuda Hundred, Virginia, 1974 by Mac Mason.
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