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


Civil War Artillery
by Harry Ridgeway

Dyer fuzes
Artillery 8450 Fuze Dyer

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.


Dyer white metal time fuze, "common", (standard), without flange, spanner holes.
Fuze was manufactured in the Federal arsenals using Dyer design, time fuze was made of white metal. Fuze was installed and tightened with two spanner holes. This relatively simple fuze was activated by setting a paper fuze in the center hole, the paper would ignite upon firing, burn time would be predetermined by the concentration of flammable product in the paper fuze. Threads run about half way down the stem, bottom of the stem is wide open. Primary use of these fuzes was for Dyer field caliber projectiles, "common", (standard), shells not containing case shot using lead fuze and iron balls. Fuze measures: length 2.0in. to 2.5in., body diameter 1.0in., 12 threads per in.
Ref: Jones Fuzes pg. 37.

A0979...Dyer white metal time fuze, "common", (standard), without flange, spanner holes.
Fuze was manufactured in the Federal arsenals using Dyer design, time fuze was made of white metal. Fuze was installed and tightened with two spanner holes. This relatively simple fuze was activated by setting a paper fuze in the center hole, the paper would ignite upon firing, burn time would be predetermined by the concentration of flammable product in the paper fuze. Threads run about half way down the stem, bottom of the stem is wide open. Primary use of these fuzes was for Dyer field caliber projectiles, "common", (standard), shells not containing case shot using lead fuze and iron balls. Fuze measures: length 2.0in. to 2.5in., body diameter 1.0in., 12 threads per in. Recovered: Shepherdstown West Virginia.
Ref: Jones Fuzes pg. 37.
Ridgeway collection, Old Court House Civil War Museum, Winchester, Virginia

A1986...Dyer white metal time fuze, "common", (standard), without flange, spanner holes.
Fuze was manufactured in the Federal arsenals using Dyer design, time fuze was made of white metal. Fuze was installed and tightened with two spanner holes. This relatively simple fuze was activated by setting a paper fuze in the center hole, the paper would ignite upon firing, burn time would be predetermined by the concentration of flammable product in the paper fuze. Threads run about half way down the stem, bottom of the stem is wide open. Primary use of these fuzes was for Dyer field caliber projectiles, "common", (standard), shells not containing case shot using lead fuze and iron balls. Fuze measures: length 2.0in. to 2.5in., body diameter 1.0in., 12 threads per in.
Ref: Jones Fuzes pg. 37.


Dyer white metal time fuze, "case shot", (standard), without flange, spanner holes.
Fuze was manufactured in the Federal arsenals using Dyer design, time fuze was made of white metal. Fuze was installed and tightened with two spanner holes. This relatively simple fuze was activated by setting a paper fuze in the center hole, the paper would ignite upon firing, burn time would be predetermined by the concentration of flammable product in the paper fuze. Threads run full lenght, bottom of the fuze has small hole. The small hole was used on case shot, because there was less powder charge in the shell, and the small hole would confine the chamber, reducing the chance of a blow out through the fruze. Primary use of these fuzes was for Dyer field caliber projectiles, "case shot", (standard), shells containing case shot using lead fuze and iron balls. Fuze measures: length 1.8in., body diameter 1.0in., 12 threads per in.
Ref: Jones Fuzes pg. 36.

A1280...Dyer white metal time fuze, "case shot", (standard), without flange, spanner holes.
Fuze was manufactured in the Federal arsenals using Dyer design, time fuze was made of white metal. Fuze was installed and tightened with two spanner holes. This relatively simple fuze was activated by setting a paper fuze in the center hole, the paper would ignite upon firing, burn time would be predetermined by the concentration of flammable product in the paper fuze. Threads run full lenght, bottom of the fuze has small hole. The small hole was used on case shot, because there was less powder charge in the shell, and the small hole would confine the chamber, reducing the chance of a blow out through the fruze. Primary use of these fuzes was for Dyer field caliber projectiles, "case shot", (standard), shells containing case shot using lead fuze and iron balls. Fuze measures: length 1.8in., body diameter 1.0in., 12 threads per in. Recovered: Shepherdstown West Virginia.
Ref: Jones Fuzes pg. 36.
Ridgeway collection, Old Court House Civil War Museum, Winchester, Virginia


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