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.

A0299...Rifled artillery projectile, Hotchkiss design, Federal manufacture, bursting shell, pattern with flame grooves, flat top "common shot", lead band sabot, Hotchkiss brass time fuze , Ordnance rifle, 3in.
Projectile was manufactured in the Federal arsenals following the invention of Andrew Hotchkiss. The pattern consisted of three parts, a nose section containing the explosive charge, a cast iron cup fitted on the bottom, and lead band sabot cast around the middle, on firing the cup would compress the lead band sabot expanding it into the rifling. Some of these shells were configured as case shot, filled with balls, or as "common", without balls. This shell is "common shot", explosive charge only, and with a time fuze was designed to detonate above the heads of troops in the open field. This pattern features a nearly flat nose and may have been designed to pack additional "case shot" balls, however, few of these were used and cut examples reveal that at least some of them were sent into the field configured as "common shot". This pattern was a late war development and may have been experimental, and it would appear that this evolved into the next generation pattern with the 15 second fuze after the war. Three flame grooves added so that flame from firing would pass through the sabot and ignite the fuze. Shell cavity is single cavity. Bottom of shell is rounded. Fuze employed was a Hotchkiss brass time fuze, with slots and a flange, Jones pg. 87. Projectile measures: diameter 2.9in., length 6.5in unfired, 6.25in. sabot compressed from firing, excluding fuze, weight 9lbs.
Research Center: Artillery 4328, Ref: Dickey & George, Field Artillery (1993 Edition), pg. 168.

Shell is cut exposing the interior, this is side 1

Shell is cut exposing the interior, this is side 2

Projectile measures: diameter 2.94in., length 6.25in. (excluding fuze), weight 8.9lbs. Lead band sabot shows seven lands and grooves, fired from the Ordnance rifle. Hotchkiss brass time fuze intact.Projectile is disarmed, drill hole through paper section of the time fuze. Recovered: Spanish Fort Alabama.
For sale, Shell is cut exposing the interior, either half $225., both halves $375.
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