Item: Fired Confederate 3 Inch "Virginia Prototype" Read Shell
Construction: Cast iron with copper fuze plug/adaptor and BRASS ring sabot.
Approximate size: Weight: 7.4 pounds. Diameter: 2.94 inches. Length: 7 1/2 inches.
Condition: Very good, excavated. It is distinguished by having a visible bi-lateral mold seam running vertically from its fuze hole to its shell base. The shell is still in its natural dug state with stable iron and complete with its copper fuze plug/adaptor and tall, thin brass sabot. Occasionally, these Virginia prototype Read sabots were made of brass and this is one of those. The sabot nicely shows 7 lands and grooves as a result of being fired from a captured US 3-inch ordnance rifle. There are no repairs, no coating, or excessive cleaning. This shell has been deactivated.
Comments: According to Peter George, co-author of "Field Artillery Projectiles of the American Civil War", the "Virginia Prototype" was the 1st model of a 3-inch Read manufactured in Virginia. This Confederate artillery shell will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War artillery, battlefield, or general relic collection.
Recovered: Richmond, VA. area.
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