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Z1790     Federal 20lb Parrott Shell (Long Pattern)

Description:  Nice shell that has been cleaned and coated. This one is missing the fuse and is slightly rough around the fuse hole area. This one has writing that is incorrect and could be removed if desired. This is the 20lb. shell.

Measures: 3.63" x 10.25"

Recovered: Unknown

Price: $275.00

Z1789     Federal Naval Watercap Fuse 1863

Description: Very nice fuse with a removable water cap. This came out of an old E.O.D. collection.

Reference: Jones Fuses, Pg. 10

Price: $110.00

Z1772     Federal 32lb. Spherical Shell with Wooden Fuse Adaptor

Description: Nice shell with a partially visible mold seam. This one is somewhat smooth on one side and a little rough on the other.

Measures: 6.25" in diameter

Recovered: Richmond Area

Reference: Bell Heavy Ordnance Pg. 49-50

Price: $250.00

Z1771     Confederate 3" Long-Sabot Bourreleted Read Common Shell

Description: Scarce shell recovered at the August Arsenal site. This one has the thinner rings, and a high base sabot. The metal has several small casting air bubbles throughout. This one employed a wooden time fuse adaptor which is now missing.  There are still remnants of string below the lower bourrelet and the sabot.

Recovered: Augusta Arsenal, Georgia

Reference: Dickey & George, Field Artillery, (1993 Edition), Pg. 264

Price: $495.00

Z1711     Federal 20lb Parrott Shell (Long Pattern)

Description: Nice excavated 20lb Parrott shell with the brass ring sabot intact. The top of the fuse is missing on this example. This one was recovered in Vicksburg so the iron would be very nice if properly cleaned. There is a long shallow gouge on the side and it may have been from impact.

Measures: 3.63" x 10.25"

Recovered: Vicksburg, Mississippi

Reference: Dickey & George, Field Artillery, (1993 Edition), Pg. 232

Price: $250.00 SOLD

Z1710     Federal 3" Schenkl Percussion Fused Shell

Description: Here is an excavated 3" Schenkl shell with the percussion fuse. I think with some work the fuse would clean up a little better. This shell has one larger pit on the nose of the shell with small to moderate pitting throughout. The fuse is not screwed in all of the way and based on the multiple markings on the fuse, the threads may have stripped when it was originally ready to fire. It has been cleaned and coated.

Measures: 2.94" x 9"

Recovered: Unknown

Dickey & George, Field Artillery, (1993 Edition), Pg. 300

Price: $295.00

Z1709     Confederate 3" Mullane Shell Sabot

Description: Nice excavated sabot that would fit over the base of a 3" Mullane shell. The edges on this one are slightly curled from the original shell being fired.

Measures: 3" in diameter

Recovered: Battle of Shepherdstown, Va. (Now West Virginia) September 19-20, 1862

Price: $125.00 SOLD

Z1708     Federal Three Inch Type I Dyer "Case-Shot"

Description: Here is an excavated Federal 3" Dyer "Case-Shot" that was recovered on the Western part of the Shepherdstown battlefield. This battle was the last encounter of the Maryland 1862 campaign. This particular shell has a lead cupped sabot with four flame grooves. The grooves would allow the initial flame to reach the paper time fuse, which would ultimately reach the powder charge, exploding the shell. This shell is full of lead case-shot balls. Upon exploding the iron walls would shatter raining down fragments of varying sizes as well as lead case-shot. This style of shell employed a zinc time fuse adaptor which would have held a paper time fuse within the center of the hole. This particular shell would have been fired from Ferry Hill (Home of Henry Kyd Douglas's Father) by one of the batteries under Gen. Alfred Pleasonton. He was in charge of Batteries B&L, 2nd US Artillery and Battery A, 2nd US Artillery.

Measures: 2.94" x 7"

Recovered: Battle of Shepherdstown, Va. (Now West Virginia) September 19-20, 1862

Reference: Dickey & George, Field Artillery, (1993 Edition), Pg. 145

Price: $475.00

Z1707     Federal Three Inch Type I Dyer "Common Shell"

Description: Here is an excavated Federal 3" Dyer "Common Shell" that was recovered on the Western part of the Shepherdstown battlefield. This battle was the last encounter of the Maryland 1862 campaign. This particular shell has a lead cupped sabot with four flame grooves. The grooves would allow the initial flame to reach the paper time fuse, which would ultimately reach the powder charge, exploding the shell. This is a "common shell" meaning it would be full of powder and not case-shot. Upon exploding the iron walls would shatter raining down fragments of varying sizes. This style of shell employed a zinc time fuse adaptor which would have held a paper time fuse within the center of the hole. This particular shell would have been fired from Ferry Hill (Home of Henry Kyd Douglas's Father) by one of the batteries under Gen. Alfred Pleasonton. He was in charge of Batteries B&L, 2nd US Artillery and Battery A, 2nd US Artillery.

Measures: 2.94" x 7"

Recovered: Battle of Shepherdstown, Va. (Now West Virginia) September 19-20, 1862

Reference: Dickey & George, Field Artillery, (1993 Edition), Pg. 145

Price: $475.00

Z1673     Confederate 20lb. Milled Sleeve Read "Common" Shell with Fuse Adaptor

Description: Decent example of a "milled sleeve" read shell. This example was milled near the top and the base leaving the mid section a little larger. This one has light to moderate pitting with some deep pitting here and there. These shell typically employed a wooden fuse adaptor.

Measures: 2.63" x 10.25"

Recovered: Unknown

Reference: Dickey & George, Field Artillery, (1993 Edition), Pg. 284

Price: $475.00

Z1672     Confederate 10lb. Read "Common" Shell with Fuse Adaptor

Description: Nice excavated Read shell with the thin wrought iron sabot and copper fuse adaptor. This one has a clear lathe dimple on the base with light pitting. This piece was painted black at one time and some of the paint is coming off in a few spots.

Measures: 2.86" x 8.75"

Recovered: Unknown

Reference: Dickey & George, Field Artillery, (1993 Edition), Pg. 243

Price: $350.00

Z1660     Confederate 12lb. Sideloader with a Bormann Replacement Fuse (Case-Shot)

Description: Here is a fairly scarce shell. This shell appears to be a typical case shot. However, instead of using the smaller fuse adaptor, this shell has the rarer Bormann replacement fuse. This shell has been cleaned and coated.

Measures: 4.52"

Recovered: Unknown

Price: $850.00

Z1659     Confederate 12lb. "Common" Shell with Copper Fuse Adaptor

Description: Here is a very nice Confederate shell without the more common sideloader plug. This one has even pitting throughout and has been cleaned and coated. There is a threaded allen key plug in the base which was used for electrolysis. This style of shell is harder to find than the common sideloader types.

Measures: 4.52"

Recovered: Unknown

Reference: Dickey & George, Field Artillery, (1993 Edition), Pg.32

Price: $450.00

Z1658     Federal 12lb. "Common" Shell with Bormann Fuse

Description: Here is a nice example of an excavated Bormann fused shell. This is a common shell and does not contain case-shot. The Bormann fuse is sitting high and wasn't screwed in all the way. You can clearly see where the Bormann fuse was punched.

Measures: 4.52"

Recovered: Unknown

Reference: Dickey & George, Field Artillery, (1993 Edition), Pg. 35

Price: $325.00

Z1651     Federal 24lb. Coehorn Mortar "Common" Shell

Description: Here is a nice excavated coehorn mortar shell. This shell would have employed a wooden fuse which is now missing. The iron body is solid with some light to moderate pitting in places. This type of shell was meant to explode sending iron fragments into enemy lines.

Measures: 5.69"

Recovered: Petersburg, Virginia

Dickey & George, Field Artillery, (1993 Edition), Pg. 51

Price: $295.00

Z1648     Federal 30lb Schenkl Shell with Percussion Fuse for the 4.2" Parrott Rifle (Long Pattern)

Description: Here is a superb 4.2" Schenkl shell with the original fuse. The iron on this example is very nice and could be cleaned up a little more if desired. This shell is drilled through the knob on the end. The fuse is still intact with the readable patent information. It would be hard to upgrade this example!

Measures: 4.1" x 12.5"

Recovered: Appomattox River, Virginia

Reference: Bell, Heavy Ordnance, Pg. 362

Price: $950.00

Z1637     Federal  10lb. 2.9" Parrott Artillery "Common" Shell (Type I Sabot)

Description: Nice excavated Parrott artillery shell. This one has a partial fuse and appears to be wooden. The iron on this example is strong and the wrought iron sabot has three lands and three grooves.

Measures: 2.85" x 8.5"

Recovered: Fredericksburg, Virginia

Reference: Dickey & George, Field Artillery, (1993 Edition), Pg. 216

Price: $295.00

Z1670     US/CS 12lb. Solid Shot for a Smoothbore 12lb. Cannon

Description: Here is a fantastic 12lb. solid shot with a clear mold seam. This one was purchased many years ago from George Lower at the Gettysburg Sutler with verbal provenance to Gettysburg. The exact recovery location of this shot is unknown. The metal on this round is excellent and it's been cleaned and coated.

Measures: 4.52"

Recovered: Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Price: $250.00

Z1665     Federal 3" Parrott "Common" Shell with Perfect Time Fuse Adaptor Marked "W" (Type I Sabot)

Description: Here is a very nice excavated Parrott shell with a great fuse adaptor. This style of fuse adaptor tapers towards the bottom and is marked "W" which is thought to mean West Point. The metal on this example is great and it's been cleaned and coated.

Measures: 2.85" x 8.5"

Recovered: Unknown

Reference: Dickey & George, Field Artillery, (1993 Edition), Pg.216

Price: $295.00

Z1664     Confederate Short Pattern 3" Broun Shell with Wooden Fuse

Description: Here is a very nice excavated Broun shell that still retains its original wooden fuse adaptor. This unfired example has moderate pitting and has been cleaned and coated.

Measures: 2.9" x 7.5"

Recovered: Unknown

Reference: Dickey & George, Field Artillery, (1993 Edition), Pg. 132

Price: $495.00

Z1663     Federal Dyer Shell with Lead Sabot with Flame Grooves (Case-Shot)

Description: Nice excavated 3" Dyer shell with the flames grooved sabot. The grooves allowed the flame to reach the paper time fuse upon firing. This one still has the zinc time fuse adaptor and has been cleaned and coated.

Measures: 2.94" x 7"

Recovered: Unknown

Reference: Dickey & George, Field Artillery, (1993 Edition), Pg.145

Price: $350.00

Z1662     US/CS 12lb. Solid Shot for a Smoothbore 12lb. Cannon

Description: Excellent 12lb. solid shot. This one is perfect and has been cleaned. There is a light mold seam around the middle of this one.

Measures: 4.52"

Recovered: Richmond, Virginia

Reference: Dickey & George, Field Artillery, (1993 Edition), Pg. 34

Price: $195.00

Z1661     Federal 3" Hotchkiss Common Shell with Percussion Fuse (Type I)

Description: Here is a very nice excavated Hotchkiss shell with a percussion fuse. You can still see some of the patent information on the fuse. This shell has great metal with minor pitting and the lead sabot is fully intact without issues.

Measures: 2.9" x 6.25"

Recovered: Unknown

Reference: Dickey & George, Field Artillery, (1993 Edition), Pg. 166

Price: $395.00

Z1654     Confederate 12lb. Polygonal Cavity Spherical Shell

Description: Here is a very nice polygonal cavity shell that has been cleaned and coated. The interior of these shells is segmented and was to break into uniform shapes upon explosion. This one is in very nice shape with very small uniform pitting along with a couple of period dings.

Measures: 4.52"

Recovered: Unknown

Reference: Dickey & George, Field Artillery, (1993 Edition), Pg. 30

Price: $425.00

Z1655     Confederate 12lb. Polygonal Cavity Spherical Shell

Description: Here is a very nice polygonal cavity shell that has been cleaned and coated. The interior of these shells is segmented and was to break into uniform shapes upon explosion. This one is in decent shape with some rough pitting here and there.

Measures: 4.52"

Recovered: Unknown

Reference: Dickey & George, Field Artillery, (1993 Edition), Pg. 30

Price: $395.00

Z1647     Federal 20lb. "Chill Nose" Solid  Bolt with Brass Ring Sabot

Description: Here is a nice 20lb "chill nose/bottle nose" Parrott bolt from the Port Hudson area. The metal on this example is better than most I have seen from the area. The brass ring sabot is still intact showing five lands and grooves.

Measures: 3.62" x 8.75"

Recovered: Port Hudson, Louisiana

Reference: Dickey & George, Field Artillery, (1993 Edition), Pg. 230

Price: $295.00

Z1646    Federal 30lb. "Chill Nose" Solid  Bolt with Rabbeted Brass Band Sabot

Description: Very nice fired 30lb. "chill nose" Parrot Bolt. This one has very nice iron throughout. There is a small air bubble in the nose from manufacturing. This one still retains its original sabot showing five lands and grooves.

Measures: 4.1" x 10"

Recovered: Unknown

Reference: Bell, Heavy Ordnance, Pg. 274

Price: $425.00

Z1645     Confederate 24lb. Coehorn Mortar Shell

Description: Nice Confederate 24lb. coehorn mortar shell. These smaller coehorn mortars were produced by the Confederacy and are thought to have been produced at the Tredegar Iron Works. This example has tong holes on both sides of the fuse hole. This aided in correctly placing the shell in the bore of the mortar. This one has been cleaned and coated for your enjoyment.

Measures: 5.68" in diameter

Recovered: Petersburg, Virginia

Reference: Dickey & George, Field Artillery, (1993 Edition), Pg. 50

Price: $850.00

Z1636     Federal 3.67" Schenkl Shell

Description: This is an excavated Federal "Football" style Schenkl shell from Port Hudson. The fuse is intact and somewhat readable. The body is lightly pitted on the nose section and heavily pitted towards the base. The drill hole on this one has been filled with a resin or epoxy. 

Measures: 3.6" x 8.5"

Recovered: Port Hudson, Louisiana

Reference: Dickey & George, Field Artillery, (1993 Edition), Pg.308

Price: $450.00

Z1635     Confederate 3" Short-Nose Mullane/Tennessee Common Shell

Description: Here is a very nice bourreleted Mullane shell. This one has been cleaned and coated. This one does come with a correct sabot but it may note be original to the shell. You can clearly see lathe marks on the rings and the lathe dog is still intact. The tapered wooden fuse is still intact as are the iron rods on the base. The middle bolt is missing on this example.

Measures: 2.94" x 8"

Recovered: Unknown

Reference: Dickey & George, Field Artillery, (1993 Edition), Pg. 203

Price: $575.00

Z1634     US/CS Solid Shot for a Smoothbore 6lb. Cannon

Description: Excellent 6lb. solid shot. This one is perfect and has been cleaned. There is a light mold seam around the middle of this one.

Measures: 3.58"

Recovered: Shiloh

Reference: Dickey & George, Field Artillery, (1993 Edition), Pg. 28

Price: $195.00

Z1633     Federal 2.9" Solid Flat Top Bolt for a 10lb Parrott Rifle (Type III Sabot)

Description: Very nice minty flat top bolt for the 10lb. Parrott rifle. This unfired example has been cleaned and coated for your enjoyment. It could almost pass for a non excavated example as you can see lathe marks on the side of the body near the base. The brass sabot is in excellent condition and you can see where the sprue was chiseled off of the nose. While the exact provenance on this example is unknown, the majority of them are recovered from Vicksburg, Mississippi.

Measures: 2.86" x 6.63"

Recovered: Unknown

Reference: Dickey & George, Field Artillery, (1993 Edition), Pg. 222

Price: $695.00

Z1632     Federal 2.9" Solid Flat Top Bolt for a 10lb Parrott Rifle (Type I Sabot)

Description: Here is an excavated Parrott bolt with the tapered iron sabot showing three lands and three grooves. The metal on this shell is in nice condition with a few pitted areas. Use of these particular bolts is rare and I would say the majority of them have been recovered from Vicksburg and Petersburg.

Measures: 2.85" x 6.6"

Recovered: Vicksburg, Mississippi

Reference: Dickey & George, Field Artillery, (1993 Edition), Pg. 215

Price: $545.00

Z1433     Non Excavated B.B. Hotchkiss Patented Percussion Fuse (June 17, 1862 and February 24, 1863)

Description: Here is an excellent non excavated fuse. There are lot of these out there in excavated condition but you rarely see one that isn't excavated. This piece has all the components except for the lead plug in the base which is common. All threads are intact and all of the pieces move freely. This particular example has both patent dates. If you are a fuse collector, this one is for you!

Measures: 2.281" in Length

Recovered: Non Excavated

Price: $250.00 SOLD

Z1360     Early Pattern Zinc Schenkl Combination Fuse

Description: Nice early pattern Schenkl fuse from Antietam. This one still has the brass latch clip on top. These are never in great condition when you dig them. There are no visible numbers on top.

Measures: 3" in length.

Recovered: Sharpsburg, Maryland. Hauser Farm (Hauser's Ridge Area)

Price: $75.00

Z1354     Federal 3" Dyer Shell Nose

Description: Here is an excavated Dyer nose recovered from the river here in town. This particular piece was fired by Pleasanton's men (positioned at Ferry Hill) upstream from the Ford. There were a lot of shells recovered from this area but the predominate shell was the 3" Dyer. This one has the wide opening at the bottom of fuse and was meant for a shell rather than case-shot. This one still has small river rocks stuck to the bottom.

Measures: 2.5" x 3"

Recovered: Battle of Shepherdstown, Va. September 19-20 1862 (Retreat from Antietam)

Price: $65.00 SOLD

Z1352     Excavated Crossed Cannon Hat Insignia Regulation 1858

Description: Here is another complete example of crossed cannon hat insignia. This piece is slightly wavy and has a very small crack on the bottom pinnacle which could have happened during manufacturing. This piece is missing all four of the attachment loops which is common on dug examples.

Measures: 1.75" x 3.25"

Recovered: Fredericksburg, Virginia

Price: $250.00

Z676     Federal Zinc Parrott Time Fuse Adaptor

Description: Here is an excellent early war Parrott time fuse adaptor. This one has a pleasing patina and the threads are fairly crisp. This is the early pattern without the flange around the top. A slight mold seam can been seen on both sides. There is a small hole in the base which appears to be a mold flaw.

Measures: 1.62" in Length, Head Diameter 1.104"

Recovered: Unknown

Price: $45.00 Sale $40.00

Z675     Federal Naval Watercap Fuse "ORD. D. Anchor / 1864"

Description: Here is a very nice 1864 marked fuse for a naval shell. This one is in excellent condition and could be screwed into a shell. The top is marked "ORD. D. Anchor / 1864" and is fairly crisp. It has a nice dark brown patina and top is still shiny with the original color showing through. The interior watercap is missing on this example but the interior threads are good as well. There is just one slight nick that is shiny and is visible on the large bushing in picture number two. It isn't that noticeable but is mentioned for exactness.

Measures: 2.42" in length, Head Diameter: 1.26"

Recovered: Unknown

Price: $125.00 Sale $110.00

 

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