Base Portion for Three-Piece Shaler Bullet

Item: Base Portion for Three-Piece Shaler Bullet
Condition: Very good. This nicely shaped cone section has a light layer of light brown soil covering a grey-white patina.  
Comments: This Shaler base is the bottom section to the three piece Shaler bullet which is by far one of the most interesting bullets from the Civil War. It was invented by Reuben Shaler and patented on August 12, 1862. After it was fired, the three sections would spread apart allowing for more impact points on its designated target. Should you have the top two sections, this base section will be an excellent addition to complete your Shaler bullet. Or, if you are starting to assemble the three pieces to form a complete example, then this will be an good start. Page 209 of the Dean Thomas reference book, Round Ball to Rimfire, Part I shows examples of complete Shaler bullets. This page can be found in the additional images in this listing with an arrow pointing to a similar base portion.
Recovered: Brandy Station, VA
Approximate size: .57 inch diameter x .58 inch length.
Reference: RBTR Part I, p. 208 (base views), 209, 210.

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