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VIRGINIA CIVIL WAR RELICS

Civil War Artillery

This page last updated April 04, 2014

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Plez Bagby
PO Box 6425
Charlottesville, VA 22906

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PC5337
                  Sea Coast Time Fuse with Water Cap

This excavated Sea Coast time fuse is in good condition and still retains its water cap.  It is constructed of a brass fuse stock which is slightly distorted as result of the shell's blast.  According to Peter George, co-author of "Field Artillery Projectiles of the American Civil War", "This type was probably Cyrus Alger's first version of his water cap fuse and was designed to fit the tapered fuse hole in shells which originally used driven wooden fuses.  The water cap plugs are much larger than those used in the navy fuses".  A cross section drawing of this fuze is pictured on page 479 of the 1993 edition and on page 444 of the 1980 edition of the above mentioned book.  Several photographed example can also be found in Charles H. Jones' book "Artillery Fuses of the Civil War" on page 6.  The fuze offered in this listing has no repairs and measures approximately 2.75 inches in length and is somewhere between 1.33 - 1.38 inches in diameter at the head due to distortion from the shell blast.  This fine excavated Sea Coast fuze with water cap will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War artillery or general relic collection.   SOLD

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PC5338
                  Bormann Fuse Punch

This non-excavated Bormann fuze punch is in very good condition.  This device was used to select the number of seconds a Bormann time fuze was to burn before the shell exploded. by punching a hole at in the fuzes thin face at the desired time-marking.  The flame from the cannon's firing blast ignited the fuze, at the time punched, which would burn until the shell exploded.  This Bormann fuze punch iron blade measures approximately 3 3/8 inches in length and its brass handle approximately 1 3/8 inches in diameter.  Its overall length measures approximately 4 1/2 inches.  It has no cracks, breaks, bends, or repairs and will be an excellent addition to any Civil War artillery or general relic collection.   $225.00   Order Information  or  Questions?   SALE PENDING

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PC5317
                  Federal 3.8 Inch Type II Hotchkiss Case-Shot

This Federal 3.8 inch type II Hotchkiss case-shot is in very good condition and will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War artillery collection.  This example was fired but did not explode and is now disarmed and safe for display.  It is complete with its brass fuse plug and lead band sabot.  The iron, which was lightly coated many years ago for preservation, is in good shape with only minimal pitting.  While some examples have patent information on their base, this one does not.  This case-shot measures approximately 3.71 across at its base cup, is approximately 7 1/4 inches in length and weighs approximately 14.4 pounds. An example of this case-shot can be found on page 178 of the 1993 edition of "Field Artillery Projectiles of the American Civil War" by Thomas S. Dickey and Peter C. George and also in the 1980 edition of the same book on page 144.    $450.00   Order Information  or  Questions?

 

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PC5332
                  Type I Hotchkiss White-Metal Paper Time Fuze Adaptor For Case-Shot

This is a type I Hotchkiss white-metal paper time fuze adaptor which was only manufactured early in the war.  According to Charles H. Jones' author of "Artillery Fuses of the Civil War", exclusively used in case-shot projectiles and were later replaced by brass adaptors with screwdriver slots.  This example is in good condition and has its two spanner wrench holes visible on its top.  These holes were for the spanner wrench to install the fuze plug.  Its head measures approximately 1.05 inches in diameter, its length is approximately 2.48 inches and the body is approximately .64 inches in diameter.  This artillery relic has no repairs and will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War artillery or general relic collection.   $225.00   Order Information  or  Questions?

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PC5319
                  Confederate 12 Pounder Case-Shot Fragment with Bormann Fuze

This excavated artillery fragment is the very top portion of a Confederate 12 pounder case-shot which was recovered from the US position at the Gauley Bridge in West Virginia. This fragment retains its Confederate Bormann white metal time fuze and its brass under-plug.  The number "2" and several hash lines, indicating seconds and half seconds, are still visible on the fuze.  What is most interesting about the shape of the fragment is its near perfect symmetrical pattern.  The explosion of this case-shot separated the fragment just above the thin walls of the case-shot surrounding the fuze.  According to Peter George, co-author of "Field Artillery Projectiles of the American Civil War", the fuzehole portion was made thicker than the lower walls so as to support the Bormann fuze.  This fine excavated Confederate fragment with fuze will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War artillery or general relic collection.  It measures approximately 2.9 inches in diameter and weighs approximately 1 pound.   SOLD

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PC5326
                  Schenkl Combination Fuse

This excavated early pattern Schenkl combination fuse, constructed primarily from white-metal, is in exceptionally nice condition with much of the patent marking and numerals still visible.  Its rotator cap and brass latch clip are present and nearly every raised number, 0-9, on its index plate is visible.  Also, faintly still visible, in raised letters on the top of the rotator cap is "PAT JULY 15" though the numeral "5" is difficult to see.  On the side of the rotator cap is an arrow which, when the cap was rotated, pointed to the number of seconds desired.  According to Charles H. Jones' book "Artillery Fuses of the Civil War", on page 103, "On July 15, 1862, J. P. Schenkl patented his "[combination] Time and Concussion" fuse, Patent No.35,897.  Also according to Jones, the patent model was actually constructed of brass while the actual production model was manufactured in white-metal.  The Schenkl fuse offered here will be an an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War artillery or general relic collection.  SOLD

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PC5140
                  US 4.2 Inch Parrott Case-Shot for 30 Pounder Rifle

This US 4.2 inch Parrott case-shot was for use in a 30 pounder rifle had a brass Parrott type II sabot which is missing.  This piece of heavy artillery weighs approximately 27.8 pounds and is approximately 11 inches in length.  Its Parrott time fuse adaptor is still visible and, if you prefer the "as dug" appearance then this case-shot is for you.  It has not been cleaned or coated, though it has been professionally disarmed.  This short case shot is much rarer than the thirty pounder common-shell and was primarily used by the US Navy but were also in use by the US Army in siege operations such as Petersburg. This case-shot was recovered by a farmer decades ago from his own farm field in Petersburg, VA. and Virginia Relics was able to acquire it directly from the farmer's widow.  That farm field is now a nice little housing sub-division.  This Parrott case-shot will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War artillery or general relic collection.   $265.00   Order Information  or  Questions?

 

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PC4877
                12 Pounder Solid Shot Cannonball

This excavated 12 pounder solid shot cannonball is in very good condition and, is the last of three that I am able to offer, from the area of White House in New Kent County, VA.  New Kent County is situated just east of Richmond.  The iron is in very good condition with only minimal pitting.  If you prefer that fresh out of the ground appearance then this shell is for you.  While it has had most of the surface dirt removed, it is still in its raw, just out of the ground condition.  It has not been  excessively cleaned or coated.  It weighs approximately 12.2 pounds and is approximately 4.50 inches in diameter.  It has no cracks, breaks, or repairs and this fine artillery relic will make an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War artillery or general relic collection.    225.00    Order Information  or  Questions?

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PC4620
                  2.9 Inch Caliber Read-Parrott "Case Shot" Shell
 
 This 2.9 inch caliber Read-Parrott "case shot" shell is in excellent condition and was excavated from
Malvern Hill area, in eastern Henrico County, VA.  The iron sabot and bottom portion of the zinc time fuse adaptor are still present.  The overall condition of the iron is very good with minimal surface pitting.  The threads are clearly visible where the upper portion of the zinc time fuse adaptor corroded away.   It has been deactivated, cleaned, and very lightly clear coated so as to preserve it.  Its length is approximately 8 1/4 inches and it weighs approximately 9.6 lbs.  This projectile will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War artillery or general relic collection.   $275.00   Order Information  or  Questions?

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PC4971
                 1.5 Inch Grape Shot - Malvern Hill

This 1.5 inch grape shot was recovered in Malvern Hill, VA on October 11, 1970.  The old typed label affixed to the shot reads "MALVERN HILL 10/11/70".  The iron, is stable and is in good condition.  This identified grape shot will be an excellent addition to add to any Civil War artillery or general relic collection.  Diameter measures approximately 1.5 inch.   $35.00   Order Information  or  Questions?

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                  18 Pounder Solid Shot

This 18 pounder solid shot was recovered east of Richmond, VA in Charles City County along the James River.  The iron is in good condition but does show some minimal surface flaking.  It is in its raw state as it has not been run through electrolysis or coated.  The ball weighs approximately 16.8 pounds, has an approximate circumference of 15 3/4 inches, and is approximately 5.02 inches in diameter.  It has been inspected by Civil War artillery expert and author Peter George.  According to Peter George, while there were remaining 18 pounders from the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 that remained in some fortifications, such as Charleston, SC, their usage was rare during the Civil War.  This example will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War artillery or general relic collection.   $225.00   Order Information  or  Questions?

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                  1.5 Inch Grape Shot - Spotsylvania

The accompanying old typed label indicates that this grape shot was recovered in Spotsylvania, VA in 1973.  The label was originally affixed to the shot but has since come loose.  The iron is stable and is in good condition.  This identified relic will be an excellent addition to add to any Civil War artillery or general relic collection.   SOLD

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PC4879
                  Confederate 2.9 Inch Archer Bolt

This excavated Confederate 2.9 inch Archer bolt is in very good condition.  Though missing its lead sabot, the iron is in great shape and there is a visible mold seam.  This bolt was recovered from the area of White Oak Swamp in eastern Henrico County, VA.  An example of this bolt can be found in Dickey and George's "Field Artillery Projectiles of the American Civil War" on page 72 of the 1980 edition and on page 78 of the 1993 edition.  It weighs approximately 6.8 pounds and measures approximately 2.94 inches in diameter and 5.97 inches in length.  This Archer bolt will be an excellent addition to any Civil War artillery or general relic collection.   $850.00   Order Information  or  Questions?

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                  Grape Shot - Cold Harbor

This 1.5 inch grape shot is in good condition and its accompanying old typed label indicates that it was recovered from "Cold Harbor May 1966".   This piece of artillery will be an excellent addition to any Civil War artillery or general relic collection.   $55.00   Order Information  or  Questions?

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                  Confederate Copper Time Fuse Adaptor

This excavated Confederate copper time fuse adaptor is in excellent condition and was for use in spherical artillery projectiles.  This fine artillery relic was acquired direct from the digger who recovered it decades ago from the Fort Brady area of Henrico County, VA.  It was here that the Union Army engineers constructed a fortification overlooking the James River in late 1864 which prevented movement of Confederate gunboats.  If you like that fresh out of the ground appearance, then is for you, as it has had little or no cleaning.  What is even more amazing is the fact that a portion of its paper time fuse is still visibly lodged in place.  This adaptor is constructed of copper which has a woodsy green patina.  The two spanner holes visible on the top of the adaptor were used to screw it into the shell.  A paper time fuse, of varying burn times, would be inserted into the larger center hole.  The head of this adaptor measures approximately 1.25 inches in diameter and its length measures approximately 1.39 inches.  The threads are in very good condition and this adaptor has no cracks, breaks, or repairs.  It will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War artillery or general relic collection.   $75.00   Order Information  or  Questions?

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                  Artillery Schenkle Fuse Portion

This Schenkle fuse portion was recovered in the area of Caroline County, VA.  It has a very nice green patina and its condition is believed to be the result of the blast of the exploding artillery shell.  Though the fuse is misshaped and is missing its top portion, it will be an excellent addition to any Civil War artillery or general relic collection.   $25.00   Order Information  or  Questions?

 

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                  Seven Artillery Fuse Pieces and Parts         

This group of seven various artillery fuse pieces and parts were all acquired direct from the digger who recovered them from various Civil War battle areas east of Richmond, VA.  Included in the group are (clockwise starting from the 12 o'Álock position):  The head of a brass Schenkl fuse with clear lettering of "J. P. SCHENKL PAT. OCT. 16. 1861",  the top portion of a Type I Hotchkiss case-shot fuse notice rounded dents on its base from iron case shot impact upon explosion, the brass threaded portion of a Schenkl fuse, a brass anvil cap for Schenkl fuse, a brass underplug for a Bormann time fuse, a Schenkl fuse (missing head) and in the middle is a Bormann time fuse still showing a few hash marks and the number "1" representing one second.  Some of these artillery fuse parts clearly show evidence of having undergone an explosion and will be an excellent display for any Civil War artillery or general relic collection.  $105.00   Order Information  or  Questions?

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                                    2.9 Inch Caliber Read-Parrott "Case Shot" Shell
 
 This 2.9 inch caliber Read-Parrott "case shot" shell is in very good condition and was excavated at an old hospital site along the Nansemond River in Suffolk, VA.  The iron sabot and a zinc fuse adaptor are still present and the overall condition of the iron is excellent showing only light pitting on one side.  It has been deactivated, cleaned, and very lightly clear coated so as to preserve it.  Its length is approximately 8 1.2 inches and it weighs approximately 10.2 lbs.  This projectile will be a excellent addition to any artillery or general excavated relic collection.   $295.00  
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PC4166
                  Parrott Time Fuse Adaptor

This excavated Parrott time fuse adaptor is in very good condition.  This fine artillery relic was acquired direct from the digger who recovered it from New Kent County, VA.  If you like that fresh out of the ground appearance, then is for you, as it has had little or no cleaning.  There still remains the fine soil of New Kent lodged in the paper time fuse hole.  This adaptor is made out of zinc with twelve threads per inch.  The two spanner holes visible on the top of the adaptor were used to screw it into the Parrott shell.  A paper time fuse, of varying burn times, would then be inserted into the larger center hole.  This adaptor measures approximately 1.13 inches in diameter and 1.39 inches in length.  It has no cracks, breaks, or repairs and will be an excellent addition to any Civil War artillery or general relic collection.  $55.00   Order Information  or  Questions?

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PC4625
                  Confederate 12 Pounder Lead Plug "Side Loader" Case Shot
  
 This Confederate spherical 12 pounder lead plug "side loader" case shot is in very good condition and was excavated in the area of
Malvern Hill, VA.  The iron is in good condition with some surface pitting.  The copper fuse adaptor and lead plug are still present as well as a distinctive mold seam running along a portion of the projectile's equator.  It has been professionally deactivated, cleaned, and lightly coated so as to preserve it.  There are a few areas of the surface where the clear coating has chipped away and the raw iron is exposed.  This fine artillery projectile will make an excellent addition to any artillery or general excavated relic collection.  Weighs approximately 9.8 lbs.  $395.00   Order Information  or  Questions?  

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                  Artillery Iron Projectile Group - Malvern Hill

This artillery iron group recovered in the area of the battle of Malvern Hill in Henrico County, VA consist of the following: Clockwise from top center - a culot fragment from a 9-inch navy water cap fused round ball measuring approximately 6.25 inches in diameter,  a 2.9 inch Parrott shell base, a grape shot measuring approximately 2.8 inches in diameter for a 32 pounder stand of grape,  a 2.9 inch Parrott shell base,  ten 1/2 to 3/4 inch canister in a 20 pounder shell base.  This shell base shows scalloping at the top of the sabot groove which indicates that this 20 pounder Parrot would have had a brass band sabot (see Dickey and George's "Field Artillery Projectiles of the American Civil War" page 227 for an example).  Total weight of all items is approximately 23 pounds.   $125.00   Order Information  or  Questions?

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US 3 Inch Type II Hotchkiss Shell

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                   US 3 Inch Type II Hotchkiss Shell

This excavated US 3 inch Type II Hotchkiss shell is a complete fired example which has been left in its raw state with no clear coating or electrolysis.  It was recovered in Petersburg, VA in the 1960's by Grayson Morris of Hopewell, VA.  The brass fuse adaptor and lead sabot are both present and in good condition.  Some type of black substance covers a portion of its sabot but I am unable to tell exactly what it is.  The moderately pitted iron of this shell is very stable and its base cup section has two 1/4 inch deactivation drill holes.  The shell has been professionally deactivated and is ready for display.  Its weight is approximately 8.4 pounds and length is approximately 6 1/2 inches.  This fine artillery shell will make an excellent addition to any artillery or general excavated relic collection.   $250.00   Order Information  or  Questions?

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US Artillery Horse Bit

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                  US Artillery Horse Bit

This US artillery horse bit is in good condition and appears to be an early excavated example.  It has plain bit bosses and is brass plated.  Both rings and curb chain are present.   This relic will make a excellent example to add to any Civil War cavalry or general excavated relic collection.  $275.00   Order Information  or  Questions?

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                  3 Inch Type I Hotchkiss Shell

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.     $295.00   Order Information  or  Questions? 

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              Hotchkiss Shell Nose with Brass Fuse Adaptor

This brass fuse adaptor still retains the Hotchkiss shell nose and was recovered in the general area of Petersburg, Va.  Blasted apart from the rest of the shell, the adaptor is in remarkably good condition with the iron nose is still securely attached.  The adaptor measures approximately 1.94 inches in length and 1.16 inches in head diameter.  This relic will make a an excellent display piece for any artillery collection.  $155.00   Ordering Information  or  Questions

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