US 3.67 INCH SAWYER SHELL

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Item Code: 727-290

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This is a fired example. The shell body has six iron flanges under the lead jacket. These flanges were meant to align with the rifling in the bore of the cannon. Over these flanges is a tall lead jacket. This type of shell was found to be less effective than others because upon firing the lead jacket would expand and absorb some of the shock of the bursting charge and it did not fragment properly. This shell shows the effects of the expanded jacket. It also shows 6 lands and grooves. There is no fuse and the iron surfaces of the nose are heavily pitted. The base of the shell is stamped “PATENTED NOVEMBER 13, 1855.”

This shell was meant for use in the 6 pounder Sawyer rifle which was 3.67 inch caliber.

It is noted that most of these recovered examples come from Port Hudson. The recovery location of this shell is not known.

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