Item: Confederate Imported British 3.5 Inch Britten Half Case-Shot
Construction: Cast iron with lead cup sabot and stacks of wedge shaped steel case-shot.
Approximate size: Weight: 5.6 pounds. Sabot Diameter: 3.50 inches.
Condition: Very good, excavated, with no repairs. The iron surface shows moderate pitting, but is stable. Its lead cup sabot is complete and shows deep rifling of the seven grooves of the imported British Blakely rifle which fired this shell. Its steel wedge shape case shot are clearly visible. This half case-shot is inactive.
Comments: This half case-shot is from the 40 year personal collection of Peter George, Civil War artillery expert, historian, and co-author of "Field Artillery Projectiles of the American Civil War". According to Mr. George, "these Britten shells were run through the blockade from England and are quite rare. In this case, the Yankees captured a blockade runner importing these shells and some 3.5 inch Blakley rifled cannons, and used them in the siege of Spanish Fort, Alabama". An example of a half Britten case-shot, without its sabot, can be found in the 1993 edition of the above mentioned reference book on page 23 and also in the 1980 edition on page 98. A complete Britten case-shot can be found in the 1993 edition on page 117 and also in the 1980 edition on page 97. This artillery half shell will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War artillery or general relic collection.
Recovered: Spanish Fort, Mobile, Alabama
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