Item description: Confederate 12 pounder polygonal cavity shell cast with interior lines of weakness to allow it to burst into twelve equal-sized geometrically-shaped fragments.
Construction: Cast iron.
Fuzing: Wood adaptor for paper time fuze.
Condition: Excellent, excavated. The iron is stable with an overall minimally pitted surface. A strong mold seam is clearly visible at the shell's equator. The shell is no longer active and is ready for display.
Approximate size: Weight: 7.2 pounds. Diameter: 4.52 inches.
Comments: This polygonal shell design concept, attributed to Confederate Colonel John W. Mallet of Macon, GA., is believed to be influenced by segmented projectiles of British origin (Ref. Melton and Pawl, Guide To Civil War Projectiles 1994). This Confederate shell will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War artillery or general relic collection.
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