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 !
Pair of Confederate Sideloader Plugs for 12 Pnd Artillery Shell, One Lead & One Iron -Recovered Jenkin's Ferry, Arkansas
Here are a Couple of Different Side Loader Plugs From 12-Pound Confederate Case-shot Artillery Projectiles ! I have them shown with a flat button for scale, but they are each about 7/8ths of an inch in diameter. One is iron and one is lead, and the lead example shows remnants of threads on the edge, though the iron example is too pitted to see any. I’m sure like myself, you have seen Confederate shells with side load plugs of both materials. These were recovered at Jenkin’s Ferry, Arkansas. A Nice Pair of Confederate Side Load Plugs !
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 !
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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
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!
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Fine 3.8 Inch Hotchkiss Bolt for James Rifle - Recovered Vicksburg, Mississippi, with Great Provenance
Here is a Nice Completely Intact Hotchkiss Bolt for 3.8 Inch James Rifle ! The iron is in wonderful condition with no flaking or active rust, and a fairly smooth surface. The lead sabot is still intact and tight with a nice white patina and shows the rifling marks of having been fired. There are four little spots in the iron, two on the side that are likely where the iron cupped out during cleaning, and two on the front that almost look like someone was attempting to drill, before they realized they had a bolt and not a shell. Just a shadow of the Hotchkiss Patent on the base but it is not legible. The base cup is marked in white, “Vicksburg, Miss A-12” and the sabot is marked “35M-13” which corresponds with the certificate that came with the shell. Very neat provenance that shows the projectile type and specific recovery location at Vicksburg, Mississippi, near the lines of the 35th Mississippi Infantry. The certificate is dated January, 1984, so I presume the bolt was recovered that year or the year before. Overall, this is an Excellently Preserved 3.8 Inch Hotchkiss Bolt for James Rifle, with great provenance to Vicksburg, Mississippi !
Very Slick & Nice Displaying U.S. Ten Pound Parrott Artillery Shell
Here is a Super Slick U.S. Ten Pound Parrott Artillery Shell ! The iron on this one is wonderfully smooth with only one area near the nose that shows much ground action. It’s had a light coat of preservative or sealer but you can see the smoothness of the iron clearly underneath. The fuze adapter is still intact, though it has lost its definition, and the shell has been dis-armed through the base. It is the wrought iron sabot type and easily stands on its own. Recovery location is unknown.Just an above average Parrott shell that displays superbly !
Beautifully Preserved Six Pounder Solid Shot Artillery Projectile Dug Near Shiloh, Tennessee.
Here is a Very Nice Dug US/CS Artillery Six Pound Solid Shot ! It shows minimal surface pitting and has been lightly cleaned and coated. Though both sides used the Six Pound Guns early in the war, the Union Artillery soon replaced them, and many of the recovered smooth bore projectiles were fired by Confederates. This one was recovered by Brant Arnold near Shiloh, Tennessee. A Fine Displaying Six Pound Solid Shot or “cannonball”!
Dug Iron Cannister Ball - Prairie Grove, Arkansas
Here is a Dug Iron Cannister Ball Used in a Round From a Six-Pound Smoothbore Cannon ! It looks like it was only rinsed after digging and that’s all. With the rust still present, it measures about 1.2 inches diameter, which would be close in size to the 1.17 in a Cannister for the Six Pound Guns. That makes sense too, since it was recovered at Prairie Grove, Arkansas, where the Confederates had about 20 Six-Pound Guns on the field, and the Union had at least three. It still looks like it did when the digger saw it in the hole, but could be cleaned and coated if desired. A Nice Dug Iron Cannister Ball from Prairie Grove, Arkansas.
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 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 !