Five Large Sections of Lead/Tin Sabot from 3.8 Inch Caliber James Artillery Shells - Recovered Prairie Grove, Arkansas.
Here is a Nice Group of Five Sections of Tin & Lead Sabot from 3.8 Inch James Artillery Shells ! These were all recovered near Prairie Grove, Arkansas, and could only have come from shells fired by Captain John W. Rabb’s 2nd Indiana Light Artillery, as that was the only battery on the field with 3.8 Inch caliber James Rifles. All five pieces show the lead band on one side, a very thin section of tin on the other, and are in good dug condition. All measure from 2.5 to 3 inches long and about 1 to 1.5 inches wide. This is A Nice Group of James Shell Sabot fired by the 2nd Indiana Light Artillery at Prairie Grove !
Here is a Nice Non-dug Artilleryman’s Fuze Gimlet ! It measures about 3.5 inches long, with a T-top handle that is 1.75 inches wide. It is the size we often excavate here in the Trans-Mississippi Department, and the appropriate size for the 6-Pnd. Gun, 12- Pnd. Napoleon, or 10 Pnd. Parrott Rifle, often used in the field here. The handle and body are still tight together and threads still evident at the tip. There is some minor surface rust here and there but nothing major. A Fine Condition Artillery Fuze Gimlet that Displays Great !
$45 plus shipping
Fine Confederate Bourretted 3 Inch "Virginia Pattern" Read Artillery Shell - Recovered Spotsylvania, Virginia
Here is a Fine Confederate Three Inch Caliber Bourreleted Read Artillery Shell! It is the type sometimes called a “Virginia Pattern,” and retains its copper fuse adapter and copper sabot. Both the adapter and the sabot have a nice reddish patina. The moderately pitted iron has been cleaned and preserved and displays very nicely. You can see where one small area of the copper sabot was pushed inward, and in order for the shell to stand upright on the shelf, a small piece of wood has been glued to the bottom of the shell. This could be easily removed if desired, but it does serve the purpose well. The small central depression in the base, usually seen on Read pattern shells is obviously visible, as is a location written on white-out, of “Spotsylvania Courthouse.” The upper part of the body also has a good portion of the lathe dog remaining. An Excellent Example of the 3 Inch Confederate Read Shell that Displays Better than Many!
$525 plus shipping
13" Mortar Shell Fragments - Powhatan, Virginia
Here is some serious Iron ! This is a nice big pair of artillery shell fragments from a 13 Inch Mortar Ball! Neither one has yet been cleaned or coated, but both are in good shape, with little flaking, and are going to come out great.Left piece measures about 3.5 inches long, by 2.125 wide at the widest point. Right Frag is about 5.00 inches long, by 3.25 inches wide at the widest point. Both are approximately 1.625 inches thick. Two Big Chunks of seriously destructive Iron ! Recovered Powhatan, Virginia. $32plus shipping
12-Pound & James Fragments - Recovered Prairie Grove, Arkansas
Here are a Couple of Large Fragments of a Spherical 12-Pound Case-shot Ball and One Nose Fragment of a 3.8 Inch James Shell ! The two round shell fragments have both been cleaned and coated, but the James fragment was only washed off in water. All three though show little flaking and are going to preserve very well. Three Nice Artillery Shell Fragments recovered from the Prairie Grove, Arkansas, Battlefield.
Nice Grooved 3.8 Inch Hotchkiss Nose For James Rifle w/Intact Brass Fuse Adapter
Here is a Real Nice Example of the Less Common Hotchkiss Shell for 14-Pnd. James Rifle ! This is the nose only, but with iron in good condition, and intact brass fuse adapter. The iron shows some very moderate pitting but is cleaned and coated, and has a wonderful look to it. The brass fuse adapter has a great green patina, and shows no damage. A Very Nice Hotchkiss Nose, of the caliber intended for a Rifled James Artillery Piece ! The Complete shell would run you $450 or so !Recovery location unknown.
Nice Group of 34 Artillery Case-shot Balls - Recovered Prairie Grove, Arkansas
Here is a Group of Thirty-four .69 Caliber Case-shot balls, Some in near perfect shape and some deformed from being fired ! All the balls have a nice mostly white patina with many of them still retaining some dirt from the field. These were all recovered on the Prairie Grove, Arkansas, Battlefield, with more specific location given to the buyer. A Nice Size Group of Artillery Case-shot from a Historic Battlefield.
Nice Excavated 3.8 Inch James Artillery Shell w/Intact Brass Anvil Cap
Here is a Nice Excavated 3.8 Inch Caliber James Type I Artillery Shell ! It still has its brass anvil cap intact and shows a small hole on one side where it was disarmed. I think someone ran this through electrolysis before I got it, as all the iron is now fairly uniform with no chipping or flaking anywhere. Also visible at the base in one of the sabot attachment holes is a small screw which they likely used for their electrical connection and left in the shell. It would be easy to remove if desired.When I got it the iron was very dry and I lightly gave it one coat of rust neutralizer. It could be given another coat if you wanted to darken it up and slick it down, but it has a nice look as is. These James Type I Shells were mainly used early in the war, 1861-62, and disappeared when the Type II shells appeared. This one was part of a small group from Indiana, and though I don’t know the recovery location, it possibly came from Kirby Smith’s Confederate foray through Kentucky in 1862. I know James Shells have been recovered at some of those engagement sites. A Nice Displaying 3.8 Inch James Type I Artillery Shell !