Item: US 3.67 Inch 20 Pounder Parrott shell.
Construction: Cast iron, zinc percussion fuze, and short brass ring sabot (no longer present).
Approximate size: Weight: 17 pounds. Diameter: 3.63 inches. Length: 10 1/8 inches.
Condition: Very good, excavated, with a very smooth iron body. Its zinc percussion fuze is in very good condition. Along with its brass sabot, a small section of its iron base is missing rendering the shell without the ability to stand erect. Due to this, a plexiglass stand (see additional images) will accompany this shell for proper display purposes. This shell has no repairs and has been professionally deactivated and is ready for display.
Recovered: Richmond, VA area.
Comments: An interesting feature of this shell, keenly observed by Peter George, co-author of "Field Artillery Projectiles of the American Civil War", is the thin blackened area around the rim of the zinc percussion fuze. According to Mr. George, this is actually remnants of the rubber gasket or "O" ring that prevented the firing blast from penetrating the shell therefore causing a premature explosion. As mentioned above in the "Condition", section this twenty pounder Parrott has a very smooth body which indicates that it was either in wet soil conditions protecting is surface when recovered or was an early pick-up. This artillery shell will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War artillery or general relic collection.
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