Confederate Time Fuze Adaptor for Rifled Projectile

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Item: Confederate Time Fuze Adaptor for Rifled Projectile.
Construction: Cast copper.
Use: To support a paper time fuze while also forming a tight seal. The two spanner holes, visible on the top of the adaptor and to either side of the center hole, accommodated a wrench used to screw the device into the shell. Once the adaptor was in place, a paper time fuze, would be inserted into the center hole.
Approximate size:
 Head diameter: 1.24 inches. Length: 1.86 inches.
Condition:
 Very good, excavated. Deep green surface patina. The threads appear to be in good condition with a small amount of soil and rust concretion. There are no cracks, breaks, dents, or repairs.
Recovered:
 Fauquier County, VA

Reference: Similar examples of this type fuze are pictured in:

  • "Artillery Fuses of the Civil War" by Charles H. Jones, pages 40 & 41.
  • "Field Artillery Projectiles of the American Civil War" 1993 edition, by Thomas S. Dickey and Peter C. George, page 448, cross section C.
  • "Civil War Projectiles II Small Arms & Field Artillery with Supplement" by W. Reid McKee and M. E. Mason, Jr., page 148.
  • "Field Artillery Ordnance 1861 - 1865", by Jack W. Melton, Jr., and Lawrence E. Pawl, page 46.
  • "Civil War Artifacts" by Howard Crouch, page 117, item 3.

These pages are included in the additional images.

Comments: It appears that the threads of this adaptor are in good shape and, though not recommended, with some gentle cleaning of the debris it very well may screw into a rifled projectile. This adaptor was acquired directly from a local Virginia digger and it will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War artillery or general relic collection.


Product Code:
PC5232

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