CONFEDERATE 3” SMOOTH LONG READ COMMON SHELL

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Item Code: 727-111

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This artillery artifact is a Confederate 3”, 10 pound Read-pattern projectile often referred to as a Smooth Long Read Common Shell. The dug specimen is in very good complete condition. The ten-pound round was likely fired from a Parrot rifle. Shell measures 8¾” in length and has a diameter of 2.85 inches. Shell sits atop a wrought iron tapered ring sabot that exhibits slight distortion at the projectile base from expansion during firing. Sabot shows the impressions of the rifling. Remnants of the original, wood fuse plug at the shell’s nose is visible. Missing the paper time fuze. Body of projectile bears heavy rust pitting and pockmarks, but it is strong and solid. The excavated, defused artillery shell is an example of Confederate heavy ordnance.

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