Item: Confederate Imported British 3-Inch Britten Polygonal Shell with Star Cavity - CSS Georgianna Shipwreck Recovery
Construction: Cast iron with lead cup sabot. The polygonal interior, or "prism cavity", is in the form of a six-pointed star.
Approximate size: Weight: 4.6 pounds. Diameter: 3.55 inches.
Condition: Good, excavated, with no repairs. The surface of the iron shows moderate wear but is stable. Its lead cup sabot came loose from the shell body during the sawing of the shell but fits back neatly as seen in the additional images. This half shell is inactive.
Comments: This half shell 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 a rarity 8+ on a scale of 1-10". A complete 3.6" Britten "star" cavity shell, also recovered from the Georgiana, can be found in the 1993 edition of the above mentioned reference book on page 121 and also in the 1980 edition on page 103. This artillery half shell will not only be a great educational piece, but also an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War artillery or general relic collection.
Recovered: Legally recovered from shipwreck blockade runner CSS Georgiana shipwreck off Charleston, SC.
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