This 3 inch type I Hotchkiss shell is in very nice unfired condition. Originally manufactured without flame grooves, it was eventually retrofitted with flame grooves for Civil War use. Its lead sabot is in very good condition and this shell would have used a wood drive in fuse adaptor. An example of this shell (prior to retrofitting) can be found on page 165 in Thomas S. Dickey and Peter C. George's "Field Artillery Projectiles of the American Civil War", Revised and Supplemented Edition 1993. Excavated in central Virginia, this shell has just been released from a 35 year old local collection. This artillery relic is disarmed and will make an excellent addition to any artillery or general relic collection. Approximate weight is 7.6 lbs and the length is 6 5/8 inches.
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