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Civil War Artillery

This page last updated December 12, 2014

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PC5240
                  Confederate Six Pounder Side-Loader Spherical Case Shot with Bormann Replacement Fuse Adaptor

This Confederate six pounder side-loader spherical case-shot, with a Bormann replacement fuse adaptor is a rare find.  The iron is in good condition and still shows ridges where the tin straps were supporting its wood cup sabot.  The iron side plug, with visible spanner holes, and the the copper Bormann replacement fuse adaptor are present and neither will unscrew.  The iron side plug filled the hole that was used to fill the shell with the iron case-shot balls.  According to Dickey and George's "Field Artillery Projectiles of the American Civil War", "At the beginning of 1863, the South largely abandoned the Bormann (fuze) because of premature bursts due to manufacturing difficulties.  In this instance, a copper fuze plug with an oversized head was substituted.  This filled the large fuze-hole cavity after the removal of the Bormann fuze."  This case-shot has been inspected by Peter George, artillery expert and author, and is deemed to be inert and ready for display.  It has no repairs and will be an excellent addition to any Civil War artillery or general excavated relic collection.  Approximately 3.5 inches in diameter and weighs approximately 3.8 pounds.  $750.00   Order Information  or  Questions?   SALE PENDING

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PC5664
                  3-Inch Dyer Case-Shot Artillery Nose Section

This Federal artillery fragment is the nose section of a 3-inch Dyer "case-shot" including its "lipless" Dyer time-fuze adaptor.  The iron is in very good condition as well as the fuze which is constructed of a solder-like alloy.  The bottom section of the case-shot was not recovered with the nose and presumably exploded away in smaller sections.  It was excavated by Virginia relic hunter Claude Taylor in Manassas, VA.  According to Pete George, co-author of  "Field Artillery Projectiles of the American Civil War", the fact that "the fuzeplug has a “pinhole” (1/8-to-3/16”) opening in its base", confirms that it is a "case-shot" and not a Dyer common-shell which had a 3/8 inch opening in the base of its fuzeplug.  Its body diameter measures approximately 2.92 inches, the fuze diameter measures approximately .93 inch., and its length is approximately 2.47 inches.  This Dyer nose section will will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War artillery or general relic collection.   $55.00   Order Information  or  Questions?  

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PC5542
                  US 30 Pounder Parrott Half Shell

This US 30 pounder Parrott half shell, recovered from Vicksburg, Mississippi, nicely shows its interior design including its zinc Parrott time fuze adaptor and brass band sabot.  Also visible is the dimple in its interior base which, according to Pete George, co-author of  "Field Artillery Projectiles of the American Civil War", is a primary characteristic of a Parrott shell.  Its heavily pitted iron is stable and this piece measures approximately 4 1/4 (diameter at base) x 12 3/16 (length) and weighs approximately 11.4 pounds.  This half shell will be an excellent educational display piece to add to any excavated Civil War artillery or general relic collection.  $175.00   Order Information  or  Questions?   SALE PENDING

 

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PC5401
                  British 3 Inch Britten Model 1860 Shell - Recovered from CSS Georgiana Blockade Runner Ship Wreck

This 3 inch British Britten shell is in fair condition and according to Dickey and George's "Field Artillery Projectiles of the American Civil War", "No projectiles of this pattern have been unearthed on Civil War battlefields.  They almost made it into Charleston, S.C. on the blockade runner "Georgiana", along with the two 3" rifles marked "Vavasseur, 1862, London."  The Georgiana was chased until she ran aground just outside Charleston Harbor, and was then destroyed by Federal shellfire."  The example in this listing is the pointed nose design and was legally recovered from this ship wreck.  Also according to Dickey and George, "all the "Georgiana's" Britten shells had a "star" polygonal powder cavity.  Its form is a six pointed star (sometimes called a "prism cavity") running from nose to tail."  Its sabot is a lead cup and its fuzing system is a non-tapered driven lead fuze-plug for paper time fuze, which is unlike any other fuze seen in Brittens.  Another interesting aspect is that none of the 3 inch Georgiana's projectiles have Britten's patented sabot disc attachment screw holes.  Having rested in salt water for decades, the effects of the salt have caused some deterioration of the upper iron.  After Peter George inspected this shell, he applied a layer of clear polyurethane to help stabilize the exterior layers of iron.  This shell, while fragile in its upper portion, still remains mostly intact and is best left simply displayed and unhandled.  A similar example of this shell can be found in Dickey & George 1st edition on page 93 as figure III - 68 and in the 1993 edition on page 113. This unusual shell measures approximately 2.91 x 5.92 inches, weighs 6.8 pounds, and will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War artillery or general relic collection.   SOLD

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PC5376
                  3.67 Inch Hotchkiss Shell Nose

This early model 3.67 inch Hotchkiss shell nose is in very good condition and was acquired directly from the digger who recovered it from Cross Keys, VA.  The nose is still in its raw "as dug" condition as it has not been coated or treated with electrolysis.  The iron is stable and, while it shows some mild surface pitting, it is no longer flaking.  Its fuzing system was a wood drive-in adaptor plug for a paper time fuse.  It weighs approximately 6.6 pounds and is 5 1/2 inches in length.  This shell has been professionally disarmed and will be an excellent addition to any Civil War artillery or excavated relic collection.  SOLD

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PC5400
                  12 Pounder Bormann Fused Artillery Shell

This excavated 12 pounder case shot is in very good condition and was acquired directly from the digger who recovered it from Cedar Creek, VA.  The iron is stable and still in its natural "in the raw" condition as the digger left it untouched with only a light rinsing.  While the surface iron is moderately pitted, the un-punched Bormann fuse is intact with nearly all hash marks and numbers "1", "2" and "3" clearly still visible.  It weighs approximately 8.2 pounds and is approximately 4.50 inches in diameter.  This shell has been professionally disarmed and will be an excellent addition to any Civil War artillery or excavated relic collection.  $350.00   Order Information  or  Questions?

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PC5377
                 Federal 3.67 Inch Hotchkiss Type I Shell

This excavated fired Federal 3.67 inch Hotchkiss Type I shell is in its "as dug" condition and is an awesome looking artillery relic of the Civil War.  It was recovered from Cross Keys, VA several decades ago and was acquired directly from a Virginia veteran digger.  Though it may not appear so, the iron is actually fairly stable. The sabot pulled outward from the shell on one side as it burrowed into the ground.  This shell was fired from a rifled 6 pounder smoothbore cannon and the rifling marks on the sabot are clearly visible. Its length is approximately 7 inches and its weight is approximately 12.2 pounds.  The fuzing system was a wood plug which accepted a paper time fuze.  This fine Hotchkiss shell has been professionally deactivated and will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War artillery or general relic collection.   SOLD

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PC5380
                  Federal 3 Inch Hotchkiss Type II Case-Shot Nose with Brass Fuse Adaptor
 
 This excavated fired
Federal 3 inch Hotchkiss type II case-shot nose and brass fuse adaptor is in very good condition. It was acquired directly from a Virginia veteran digger who excavated it several decades ago from the area of the Battle of Piedmont, VA.  The Hotchkiss design for artillery shells and case shot was one of the best designed pieces of artillery used during the Civil War.  This portion of the Hotchkiss case-shot contains a brass time fuse adaptor showing impact dents, a cavity filled with lead case-shot balls, black pitch matrix, an iron plate, and a bursting charge cavity.  On the exterior are three flame grooves and a sabot retention groove which still has a small bit of lead sabot attached.  The sabot and base cup are no longer present on this example.  This example weighs approximately 5.2 lbs and is 5 7/8 inches in length.  The iron is mostly smooth with only very mild pitting on one side.  According to Dickey and George's reference book "Field Artillery Projectiles of the American Civil War", these "brass time-fuzed types Hotchkiss case-shot first appear in the Spring 1863, at Kelly's Ford, VA., Vicksburg and Second Fredericksburg" and were "used in all theaters 1863-1865." This artillery relic has been professionally deactivated and will be an excellent addition to any Civil War artifact collection.   SOLD

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PC5489
                  US 12 Pounder Bormann Case-Shot Shell Fragment with Fused Case-Shot

This excavated US 12 pounder Bormann case-shot shell fragment with fused case-shot will be an excellent display piece for any artillery collection.  It was acquired directly from the digger and recovered in the area of the Battle of Piedmont , VA.  This section was recovered with the four distinct solder case-shot balls fused to the interior side wall of the shell.  It has not been repaired or tampered with in any way.  This section is approximately 4 inches across and will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War artillery or general relic collection.   SOLD

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PC3561
                  Confederate 12 Pounder Side Loader Case Shot
 
 This excavated Confederate 12 pounder side loader case-shot with lead plug is a excellent example of artillery that has not yet been overly cleaned, coated, and made shiny. 
It is in very good condition and was recovered in Petersburg, VA in the 1960's by Grayson Morris of Hopewell, VA.  Its copper fuse adaptor is present as well as its lead plug.   The iron surface of the ball shows mild pitting and its overall weight is approximately 10 pounds.  It has been professionally deactivated, is ready for display and will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War artillery or general relic collection.    $385.00   Order Information  or  Questions?

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PC5147
                  US 4.2 Inch Parrott Type II Artillery Shell - Marked "PATENTED"

This fired US 4.2 inch Parrott shell was for use in a 30 pounder rifle.  Its brass Parrott type II sabot is no longer present.  The side of the shell is lightly stamped "PATENTED" and it weighs approximately 24.8 pounds and is approximately 12 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 shell 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 very nice neighborhood.  This Parrott shell will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War artillery or general relic collection.   $295.00   Order Information  or  Questions?

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PC5234
                  Schenkl Percussion Fuze
 
 This fired excavated Schenkl artillery fuze, excavated in Fauquier County, VA is in good condition and is  marked "J. P. SCHENKL PAT. OCT. 16. 1861".   The main body is constructed of brass which now has a very deep green patina.  Its brass anvil cap is present its threads still appear to be in good condition.  There is an approximate half inch crack in the lower portion of the body running from the safety screw hole towards the fuze body bottom.  What is interesting is the missing section of its brass in its head section.  In discussions with Peter George,
co-author of "Field Artillery Projectiles of the American Civil War", it was suggested this may be due to the impact of the shell striking something very hard, but we are not completely sure due to the nature of the damage.  Its head diameter measures approximately 1.24 inches and its overall length is approximately 2.60 inches.  It has no bends, repairs, or other cracks or breaks, other than what has already been mentioned.  This fired Schenkl percussion fuze will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War artillery or general relic collection.   $55.00   Order Information  or  Questions?

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PC5327
                  3.8 Caliber James Half Nose Artillery Shell Section with James Anvil Cap and Slider

This 3.8 caliber James nose fragment was sawed in half to expose its brass anvil cap and slider.  Both the anvil cap and slider are removable and complete.  This relic will be an excellent educational device and great addition to any excavated Civil War artillery or general relic collection.   $225.00   Order Information  or  Questions?
 

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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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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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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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PC4883
                  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 Schenkl Fuse Portion

This Schenkl 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'çlock 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 under plug 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.    SOLD

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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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PC3859
                  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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PC3558
                   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?   SALE PENDING

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PC2438
                  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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