Confederate Sideloader Shell for 12-Pounder Gun - Nice Iron-Missing Plug but has a Viewing Window to Interior
Here is a Very Nice Confederate 12-Pound Sideloader Case-Shot Artillery Shell ! It has great iron that shows only very moderate pitting, and has been cleaned and preserved. There is an obvious mold-seam that can be seen around at least two-thirds of the shell, and the copper Confederate fuse is still intact with a nice dark patina. Apparently, upon being fired the shell threw the lead side loader plug as it is missing. However, someone installed a little Plexiglas window that allows you to see the matrix inside the shell. I was not able to photograph it very well, but it is easily seen with the shell in hand. Recovery location unknown. A Fine Displaying Confederate 12-Pound Sideloader with Nice Iron and a View Inside ! [ L.L. ]
$350 plus shipping
Nice Federal 20-Pound Parrott Case-Shot Projectile
Here is a Nice Federal 20-Pound Parrott Case-Shot Projectile ! Considerably shorter than a common shell at 9.25 inches tall, it has exceptionally nice iron that has been cleaned and coated long ago. There are remnants of the white metal fuse or adapter still inside the nose, but the copper or brass sabot is missing, likely thrown when the shell was fired. There is a small hole on one side, where the shell was disarmed so that it is safe for display. You don’t see these shorter pattern 20-pound Parrott Case Shot projectiles nearly as often as the taller Parrott Common Shell, and this is a nice one. A Fine U.S. 20-Pound Parrott Case-Shot that Displays Great ! [D.K.]
10-Pound Read/Parrott Shell with Nice Iron
Here is a Nice Federal 10-Pound Read/Parrott Artillery Shell ! It has really nice mostly smooth iron, that has been cleaned and coated long ago. The nose shows remnants of the white metal fuse adapter still inside, and original digger wrote “Read Parrott” on it, in white. About two thirds of the pre-rifled iron sabot is missing. A Nice U.S. 10-Pound Read/Parrott Shell with Really Good Iron and Ready to Display ! [D.K.]
Nice Pair of Different Caliber Excavated Artillery Friction Primers
Here is a Nice Pair of Unfired Civil War Friction Primers ! Both are in good condition with mostly nice patina, and both still have their firing or primer wires intact. The top or smaller one appears identical to those we sometimes recovery in Civil War Battle and Skirmish sites, usually for use on the more common field pieces such as 6-Pounder Gun, 12-Pounder Gun or Howitzer, and several others. It measures about 1.5 inches long. The longer example is likely for a larger caliber than standard field pieces, measuring about 2.5 inches longTwo Nice Civil War Era Friction Primers for Artillery Pieces ! [ L.L. ] [Longer One is SOLD, but will take $20 for the short one]
$20 plus shipping for the short one
Nice Original Packet of 10-Second Allegheny Arsenal Artillery Fuses
Here is a Fine Original Civil War Period Packet of 10 Second Artillery Fuses from the U.S. Allegheny Arsenal ! It contains five 10-second paper fuses and still has the original twine wrap tied around it. The large stenciled “ 10 . S “ is still nicely visible and most of the paper is in good condition with the exception of one corner with a small piece missing, that shows one of the actual fuses inside. It is kind of neat that you can view the inner contents in this one small area. A Nice & Educational Displaying Packet of Civil War Period Allegheny Arsenal 10 Second Paper Fuses ! [ L.L. ]
Here is an Excellent Confederate Fuze Plug Adapter for Artillery Shell ! It measures about 1.5 inches tall by 1.25 inches diameter at the top. The spanner holes are both clear, as is the ignition hole at the bottom, and the threads are in good enough condition to put this back in a shell if desired. This is the type of adapter intended to take a paper time fuze, and the entire copper fuze adapter has a nice mostly green and plumb patina. Recovered Mine Run, Virginia. A Fine Confederate Fuze Plug Adapter !
$60 plus shipping
Non-Dug Artilleryman's Fuse Gimlet
Here is a Nice Non-dug Artilleryman’s Fuze Gimlet ! It measures about 3.375 inches long with a T-top handle that is 1.75 inches wide. It is the size often excavated here in the Trans-Mississippi Department, appropriate for a 6-Pnd. Gun, 12-Pnd. Napoleon, or 10-Pnd Parrott Rifle, the most common field pieces used here. There is quite a bit of rust around the small threads at the very tip, but the rest of the gimlet is well preserved. A Fine Condition Artillery Fuze Gimlet that Displays Great !
$45 plus shipping
Nice Dug Grapeshot from a Stand of Grape for 12-Pound Gun
Here is a Nice Dug Grapeshot from a Stand of Grape for 12-Pound Gun ! It is in very good condition showing only moderate pitting to the iron overall. There are old remnants of tape around the center, likely where it once had a price tag, but it could be easily removed. Measuring at 2.050 to 2.060 it is just what the books says is the size for 12-Pounder Grapeshot. Though rarely used during the war, as the 12-Pound cannister came more into favor, these would have been deadly. A Nice Single Grapeshot From a Stand for 12-Pounder ! [ D.K. ]
Nice Large Dug Piece of a Parrott Artillery Shell - Recovered Fredericksburg, Virginia
Here is a Nice Large Dug Piece of a Parrott Artillery Shell ! It is the base of the shell about 4 inches tall on one side, and 2.25 on the other, and showing the interior of the concave powder cavity. It is the pattern that had a pre-rifled wrought iron sabot and that shows very well on the bottom. This shell has never been coated, just cleaned, but there is no major flaking and it makes a nice Dug Display. Recovered at Fredericksburg, Virginia. A Nice Displaying Parrott Artillery Shell Base !
Long Pattern 20 Pound Federal Parrott Shell w/Brass Sabot
Here is a Dug Federal 20 Pound Parrott Shell ! It is the long pattern with remnants of a white metal fuse plug adapter in the nose, and an intact brass sabot that shows rifling marks. Two thirds of the iron show typical moderate ground action, while the other third shows more serious action like it may have been recovered from wet ground. But, it has been cleaned and lightly coated with a rust neutralizer, and it is solid now, with no flaking or further loss. The only provenance I got with it was a verbal that it was from the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Still a Good Representative Long Pattern 20 Pound Parrott Shell !
Fine 1863 Watervliet Arsenal - Artillery Driver Leg Guard
Here is a Rarely Encountered Piece of Civil War Artillery Equipment ! It is a marked Artillery Driver’s Leg Guard. It was worn to protect the inside leg of the driver from the tongue of the caisson and the trace chains. You can just imagine your leg getting hit repeatedly by the trace chains at a gallop, or being pressed against the tongue in a hard turn. Thus, this was a vitally important piece of gear for the artillery driver. This one is still in very good condition, the leather showing its age, but not cracked and crazed from poor storage. The four closure straps are all present in good working order, and the steel plate still firmly attached. The heel strap has broken loose right at one end, but it should be a relatively easy fix if you desired, and the guard displays very nicely as is. On the side with the steel plate, the leather is embossed, “ U.S. Watervliet Arsenal 1863,” and two of the close straps show inspectors initials, one marked “R.E.K.” and the other “A.G.” At its longest point the guard measures 20.5 inches long. Though folded, the total width appears to be about 16.5 inches. A Rare but Important Piece of Artillery Equipment, that no Driver would want to be without ! [D.K.]
Nice Dug Base/Cup for a 3" Hotchkiss Shell - Recovered Fredericksburg, Virginia
Here is a Nice Dug Bottom Section, or Cup, from a 3 Inch Hotchkiss Artillery Shell ! It has never been coated or preserved, simply washed off, but doesn’t show any major flaking, and has a cool “just out of the ground” look to it. It measures about 2 inches tall at the highest point, and of course about 3 inches diameter, and is the pattern that had flame grooves along the sides to facilitate the ignition of the bursting charge. Recovered at Fredericksburg, Virginia. A Fine Displaying Large Hotchkiss Shell Fragment !
Nice Dug 10-Pound Parrott Shell w/White Metal Fuse Adapter & Pre-rifled Wrought Iron Sabot
Here is a Fine Dug Federal 10-Pound Read/Parrott Artillery Shell ! It retains most of its original white metal fuse adapter in fairly good condition, and shows a pre-rifled thick iron sabot on the base. All the iron is in good condition, actually better than it looks in my pictures, showing only moderate surface rusting and would likely clean up much better. Currently it has only a light coat of rust neutralizer on it. Only provenance I got with this one was a verbal of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Just a Fine Displaying 10-Pound Read/Parrott Shell !
Nice Civil War Period Artillery Grease Bucket
Here is Another Excellent Civil War Period Iron Artillery Grease Bucket ! Very similar to the one I already have listed, this one measures about 8 inches tall, by 7 inches diameter. It has an old coat of black paint, likely an attempt to retard rusting, which worked fairly well. The lid still opens and closes as it should, though the tip with the closure tab has been bent upwards, and it will not lock closed anymore. The chain is present in good shape and swings to both sides. A Nice Civil War Period Artillery Grease Bucket, that Displays Wonderfully ! [ L. L. ]