Item: Confederate 3 Inch Bourreleted Mullane/Tennessee-Sabot Shell.
Construction: Cast iron with a type I copper disc sabot.
Fusing: Wood fuse adapter, with paper time fuse.
Approximate size: Weight: 7 pounds. Diameter: 2.94 inches. Length: 7 7/8 inches.
Condition: Very good, fired, excavated or very possibly an early pick-up, with a smooth, un-pitted body and a very strong visible mold seam. Its wood fuse adapter is not present. While all three base iron pins are present, its sabot and its center attachment bolt is not. According to Peter George, co-author of "Field Artillery Projectiles of the American Civil War", the iron pins protruding from the base of the shell into the corresponding holes of the copper plate sabot were to prevent the sabot from simply spinning around the center bolt upon firing. The bending of the pins are likely the result of the shell impact and the sheared off center bolt is typical of a fired Mullane shell. In one of the additional images of the angled view of the lower bourrelet of the shell, a flame groove in the form of a deep cut "V" is visible. Also, in another image, on one side of the nose of the shell there is a noticeable arc in the mold seam which, according to Mr. George is the "mold filler scar". It is this area that the mold was filled with molten iron which formed the shell. This shell has no repairs, has been deactivated, and is ready for display.
Recovered: Sailor's Creek, VA area.
Comments: This fine Confederate Mullane shell will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War artillery or general relic collection.
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