RARE CONFEDERATE 20-PDR SMOOTH READ SHELL ENGRAVED “GETTYSBURG / 1863”

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Item Code: 2022-1561

This is the tall, smooth sided Confederate Read pattern shell for the 20-pounder Parrott Rifle.

The nose features a tapered hole which once had a wood drive-in fuse adaptor. The location of the lathe “dog” just below the nose is visible even though the piece was broken off. The iron sabot is in excellent condition and still shows the rifling marks. The typical CS lathe dimple is on the base.

The iron body is clean and smooth and the whole piece is coated and in very fine condition.

The side of the shell is engraved “Gettysburg / 1863” and highlighted with gold paint.

This shell was engraved by Gettysburg resident Edward Woodward. Mr. Woodward was a local gunsmith who, with the growth of tourism after the fighting at Gettysburg, opened a shop selling bullets, shells and other battlefield relics. He was known for having made desk sets and for engraving shells and cannonballs found on the battlefield.  Some items were engraved with the exact location where they were found while others were marked “Gettysburg” and the date “1863”. The first known items made by Woodward were dated September 1865 and given to veterans who visited the battlefield.

These engraved shells are quite rare and highly desirable. This is the first engraved 20-pounder we have seen.  [jet]  [PH:L]

Extra shipping likely required (weight 15 lbs. 6 oz.).

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