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.

A0091...Rifled artillery projectile, Read design, Confederate manufacture, bursting shell, long pattern with smooth sides, blunt nose, wrought iron sabot pre-cast rifling, copper time fuze, Confederate 20 pounder rifle, 3.67in. Projectile was Confederate manufactured following the prewar invention of Robert Parrott and John Read working together. The sabot system utilized was a wrought iron ring, the Confederate version developed by Read is generally thinner than the Federal pattern. Both sides produced a smooth sided long 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. Although the wrought iron sabot was cast much thinner than the Federal counterpart, it still did not take the rifling satisfactorily, five lands and grooves were precast into this sabot. Fuze employed was a Confederate copper time fuze, two spanner holes, Jones pg. 41. Projectile measures: diameter 3.6in., length 9.5in. (excluding fuze), weight 16.6lbs. Sabot is intact with five pre-rifled lands and grooves, intended for firing from a Parrott type rifle. Copper time fuze intact. Metal quality is solid.
Reference: Dickey & George, Field Artillery (1993 Edition), pg. 281.

Projectile is disarmed, drill hole through the paper section of the time fuze. Recovered: Petersburg Virginia, Oct 8 1966, by Mac Mason, this shell was photographed in Mason book pg. 115 upper right. Unfortunately Mr. Masons famous artwork was lost when shell was restored.
For sale............ ....$650.
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