Confederate 3 inch Archer Bolt

This excavated fired Confederate 3 inch Archer bolt is in good condition and was recovered in the Alexandria, VA area. Though missing its lead sabot, the iron is in stable condition with minimal surface pitting.  A very visible mold seam runs the length of one side as well as the bottom.  In the additional enlargement pictures, the sabot retention dimples are clearly visible.  These dimples were cast into the concentric, and decreasing in size, tail rings which were designed to keep the lead sabot affixed to the projectile upon firing.  An example of this bolt can be found in Dickey and George's "Field Artillery Projectiles of the American Civil War" on page 72 of the 1980 edition and on page 78 of the 1993 edition.  It weighs approximately 6.4 pounds and measures approximately 2.94 inches in diameter and 6 inches in length.  This Archer bolt will be an excellent addition to any Civil War artillery or general relic collection.


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