Civil War Relicman,
Harry Ridgeway

Winchester, Virginia USA, changed hands 70 times in the Civil War!
authentic Civil War relics, bought and sold

Civil War artillery, Relicman sales catalog.
All items listed are authentic to the Civil War or as otherwise described.
All artillery items listed have been disarmed.
Any excavated relics have been recovered from private property with owners permission.

A1038...Rifled artillery projectile, Read design, Confederate manufacture, bursting shell, short pattern with smooth sides short segmented interior, wrought iron sabot, wood time fuze, Confederate rifle 3.4 in. or Blakely rifle 3.5 in. Projectile was Confederate manufactured during the war. Read developed this copper sabot, it was more flexible than the earlier wrought iron sabot Both sides produced a smooth sided shell, this Confederate version is distinguished by a lathe dimple in the base, a casting sprue on the nose, and the smooth sides were finished by turning on a lathe, nose on this pattern is bluntly rounded. Copper ring sabot is tapered at the top and seated in a deep groove well inside of the iron base, ring was cast thick, then milled to a thin edge at the bottom. Interior of the shell was segmented in star shape, an innovation to produce more even fragmentation. 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. It is not entirely clear what gun this was intended for, specimens noted seem to vary in diameter from 3.35 in to 3.45 inch which may be measurement variance caused by corrosion, distortion of sabots from firing, or machining quality variations.
Reference: Dickey & George, Field Artillery (1993 Edition), pg. 272.

Projectile measures: diameter 3.3in., length 6.0in. (excluding fuze), weight 7.5lb. Wrought iron sabot intact, showing distortion from firing. Wood fuze is partial. Metal quality solid with areas of pitting. Projectile is disarmed, drill hole through paper section of the time fuze. Recovered: not determined.
For sale............ $700.
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