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Authentic Civil War Artillery Shells & Cannonballs
Rarity 8+ Excavated Confederate 3.5 Inch Mullane Shell With Bolt & Sabot
Item #: A6366
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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 sabot. 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. This is the scarce version that is illustrated on page 211 of the 1993 edition of the artillery shell book by Dickey & George. They were designed to be fired out of the 12 Pound Version of the Blakeley Rifled Cannon with a 3.5 inch bore diameter. They state that this shell has a rarity of 8+ and they are at least that scarce. This is the first one of these that I have ever had in my 30 years in the business. The verbal history is that this shell was excavated a few years back on private property in the Fredericksburg, Virginia area. 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. '

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$995.00 USD

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