Ridgeway Civil War Research Center,
A virtual examination of artifacts of the American Civil War


Civil War Artillery
by Harry Ridgeway

Absterdam fuzes
Artillery 8300 Fuze Absterdam

This is the "Ridgeway Civil War Research Center...", a research tool for educational purposes only, and is provided at no cost to the reader. Some of the relics listed are retained in the author's collection, most reside in other collections and are not owned by the author. None of the items listed in this section are for sale, please refer to relicman.com sales listings for items offered for sale. This is a work in progress, I list items as I get to them, there are many patterns that are not listed yet, this list will be regularly updated as I get pictures and descriptions for more items. I will also correct mistakes, so if you see any please tell me. All items listed are believed to be authentic to the Civil War or as otherwise described. Any excavated relics have been recovered from private property with owners permission. This information is available for research purposes, pictures may be used by permission only.
All projectiles listed have been disarmed.

Most information on this page is from:
Field Artillery Projectiles of the American Civil War, 1993 Edition. by Thomas S. Dickey and Peter C. George.
Civil War Heavy Explosive Ordnance, A Guide to Large Artillery Prjectiles, Torpedoes, and Mines, by Jack Bell.
Artillery Fuses of the Civil War, by Charles H. Jones.
Pictures are by the author, unless otherwise indicated.


Absterdam time fuze, with flange, screwdriver slot
Fuze was manufactured in the Federal arsenals using Absterdam design, time fuze was made of a brass. Fuze was installed and tightened with two screwdriver slots. Distinguishing feature is holes were placed around the throat underneath the flange, this was to capture more flame gasses to achieve a better burn of the paper time fuze. Primary use of these fuzes was for Absterdam field caliber projectiles. Fuze measures: length 2.1in., body diameter 1.0in., flange diameter 1.3in., 12 threads per in.
Ref: Jones Fuzes pg. 110.

A1987...Absterdam time fuze, with flange, screwdriver slot.
A1987.jpg (15188 bytes) A1987B.jpg (13494 bytes) Fuze was manufactured in the Federal arsenals using Absterdam design, time fuze was made of a brass. Fuze was installed and tightened with two screwdriver slots. Distinguishing feature is holes were placed around the throat underneath the flange, this was to capture more flame gasses to achieve a better burn of the paper time fuze. Primary use of these fuzes was for Absterdam field caliber projectiles. Fuze measures: length 2.1in., body diameter 1.0in., flange diameter 1.3in., 12 threads per in.
Ref: Jones Fuzes pg. 110.


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