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CONFEDERATE! Very Scarce Canister Round for the 3 Inch Diameter Cannon
Item #: A2867
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In our 25 years in dealing and Civil War artifacts this is the 1st one of these rare beauties that we have been able to offer. This is the canister around of the style that is illustrated on page 54 of the 1993 edition of the field artillery projectile book by Tom Dickey and Peter George. They list it as a rarity of 8 out of 10 which is scarce but I personally think it is much more scarce than that or we would have had one or two over the years. These canister rounds were designed to be fired out of rifled cannons and basically they would have work like a very large shotgun blast. The sides of the canister are made of a thin material like a tin can so that they would break apart from the force of the cannon blast. This one is in exceptional condition and still has some of the original finish remaining on the tin. The top plate is still intact at the top and at the base it has the original wooden Sabot still present. What is special about this canister is that it is a Confederate version. It has the pine wood sabot and the crudely cut tin. This is the one that measures 3.67 inches across and was designed to fire out of the smoothbore "6 Pounder" cannon. Those 3.67 inch diameter guns often were utilized by Confederates. As they mention in the book it is hard to tell union canister from a Confederate canister because as they state "a tin can is a tin can" but this one is Confederate in my mind because of the pine base. This piece is a very rare and fantastic piece of Civil War artillery.

Shipping Weight: 10 lbs
$2,950.00 USD

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