Nice Civil War Period Artillery Vent Pick or Priming Wire
Here is an Excellent Civil War Period Artillery Vent Pick, aka Priming Wire ! It is right at 10.5 inches total length, with the pick or wire itself being about 8.5 inches long, and the loop being about 2 inches in diameter. These were used to puncture the powder bag, thru the friction primer vent, and this size would have been for a standard size field piece, a 6-Pound Gun, a 12-Pound Gun, and others. The shaft is a little bit wavy now, but the iron is in very good condition. A Nice Civil War Artilleryman’s Implement for Display ! [ L.L. ]
$75 plus shipping
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. ]
Nice Untouched Federal Artillery Grease/Tar Bucket
Here is a Fine Displaying Civil War Period Artillery Grease Bucket ! It definitely has a sort of “out of the barn” look with considerable surface rust on the iron all around, but no apparent holes or weak areas. The sliding lid is still present and functioning, as is the chain. The bucket measures 8 inches tall by 7 inches diameter, with the chain being about 10 inches. It actually has a neat look to it just as is, but if the new owner desires, I can give it a light coat of rust neutralizer, prior to shipping. A Civil War Artillery Grease/Tar Bucket that will Display Great ! [D.K.]
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
Nice White Metal Parrott Fuse Adapter - Dug Champions Hill, Mississippi
Here is a Fine Dug White Metal Parrott Shell Fuse Adapter ! Looks like probably from a 10-Pound Shell and has retained its shape very well for being fired. The spanner holes are open, though the paper fuse channel is still plugged with dirt from the recovery location, and a majority of the threads are still evident.It measures about 1.75 inches tall by 1.25 inches wide, and is quite heavy. Recovered at Champions Hill, Mississippi. A Fine Displaying Parrott Fuse Adapter !
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.]
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.]
$450 plus shipping
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 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 !
$250 plus shipping
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 !
$225 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
Good Displaying Federal 3 Inch Schenkl Artillery Shell
Here is a Good Civil War Period 3 Inch Caliber Shenkl Artillery Shell ! It may have been recovered from low ground as all the iron shows considerable pitting, but it has been cleaned and coated long ago. The fuse or adapter is missing in action. Still a Good Displaying Example of a Civil War Shenkl Shell! [D.K.]
Fine 12 Inch Long Civil War Period Portfire for Artillery
Here is a Fine Civil War Period Naval Portfire !It measures right at 12 inches long and is still in good condition. Pre-Dating the Civil War by many years, these were still occasionally used during the war to ignite Naval Cannon. Containing a mixture of sulfur, niter, and powder they would burn for about ten minutes and were especially useful in wet weather, as they could not be put out with water. A Fine Civil War Period Naval Portfire !
Fine Flame Grooved Nose For 3 Inch Caliber Hotchkiss Artillery Shell
Here is a Fine 3 Inch Caliber Hotchkiss Artillery Shell Nose ! It’s the pattern with the flame grooves along the body and all the iron is in good condition, having been cleaned and coated long ago. Even the threads in the nose look good enough to still take a Fuse or Fuse Adapter, if you have one. The base cup and sabot are missing. Recovery location unknown. A Fine Displaying Civil War Hotchkiss Shell ! [D.K.]