Item: Confederate 3.3 Inch Archer Shell with Tie Ring Base - Rare Shell
Fusing: Wood drive in time fuze adaptor (no longer present)
Construction: Cast iron body, lead sabot.
Approximate size: Weight: 7.6 pounds. Diameter: 3.26 inches. Length: 5.25 inches
Condition: Very good, fired, excavated, with light-moderate pitting. The wood fuze is missing but its lead sabot is present and is in decent condition. The shell has been cleaned, lightly clear coated, and is inert.
Recovered: Manassas, VA area.
Comments: This shell was acquired directly from the digger. According to Peter George, co-author of "Field Artillery Projectiles of the American Civil War", "this shell is extremely rare as very few have been recovered". He also mentioned that "this specific model of the 3.3 inch tie-ring Archer shell saw early war use and all were made in Richmond by either Tredegar Iron Works or Samson & Pae Foundry and Machining Shop. A recent recovery of a tie-ring 3.3 inch Archer shell, from the Tredegar test firing range, confirms its Richmond origin". Note that this example has no flame grooves. The ring at the bottom of the shell was used to tie the powder bag on to the shell. This Confederate Archer shell will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War artillery or general relic collection.
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