Fakes, reproductions, replicas,
an investigative report, by Harry Ridgeway 

Fakes, reproductions, replicas

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Canister rounds consisted of flimsy metal cans filled with balls and some sort of mixture, often sawdust.  On firing the cans would break apart scattering the balls in shotgun fashion.  Originals are scarce, the repros are made to supply gaps in collections.  

F1301      Repro canister with wood sabot 
F1301.jpg (12922 bytes) F1301B.jpg (29022 bytes)
The top plate is plexiglass exposing the balls packed inside. wood sabot. 
Can measures 2.7 in. X 7.25 in 
Repro canister, for display only 

F1302.1     Repro canister with lead sabot 
F1302.jpg (11097 bytes) F1302B.jpg (17063 bytes) F1302C.jpg (23070 bytes)
Lead sabot is cast with the correct patent date. 
Canister measures 3.0 in X 8.0 in. 
Repro canister, for display only 

Editor note:  The Hotchkiss casting is accurate.  I am not sure what is inside the can.  

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