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Authentic Excavated Confederate 3 Inch Mullane Shell With Bolt & Sabot
Item #: L4478
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This is a great looking Confederate artillery shell. This is the style that is known to collectors as the Confederate "Mullane" pattern shell. The body of the shell looks very similar to the Confederate Read shells but the base is completely different. The base had the copper sabot intact with the distinctive rifling from the Confederate cannon. The sabot of these Mullane shells are held on by an iron bolt and this one still has the bolt intact. As you can imagine with this design the sabot and bolt almost always flew off in flight but this one is nicely intact. You can clearly see the lands and grooves from the rifled cannon barrel in the copper dsabot. At the top of the shell it has the fuse hole that would have had the wooden fuse holder at one time but is missing as usual with these. On the side of the body near the top you can still see traces of the original "lathe dog ". This is the protruding iron piece that was,as my friend Jack Melton states on the fine website www.CivilWarartillery.com "keep the projectile from slipping as it was being turned to bore tolerance on the lathe. It was usually chipped off with a chisel when the projectile was completed...". The iron of the shell has been nicely cleaned and coated for display and preservation. This is a great looking Confederate cannon shell that is a scarce style.

Shipping Weight: 15 lbs
$495.00 USD

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