This Confederate 12 lb polygonal cavity half shell will be an excellent educational display piece. The original shell was professionally sawed in half exposing the unique "lines of weakness" in its inner core. This design allowed for a uniform number of fragments upon the bursting of the shell, thereby causing greater destruction. This design concept, attributed to Confederate Colonel John W. Mallet of Macon, GA., is believed to be influenced by segmented projectiles of British origin (Ref. Melton and Pawl, Guide To Civil War Projectiles 1994). The exterior iron of this half shell has pitting and craters from ground action, but is in overall stable condition. The overall diameter measures approximately 4 5/16 inches and the tapered fuse well opening measures approximately 1 inch in diameter. This half shell will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War artillery or general relic collection.
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