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A00952 - Read Shell With Bourrelets
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Item Number: A00952

Item Title: Read Shell With Bourrelets

Price: $185

Shipping: Not included

Provenance: CS

Type: Read Shell

Size: 3 Inch

Sabot: Copper Ring (Missing)

Fuse: CS Copper Time Fuse Adapter

Book: Dickey and George (1993 Edition) Page 257

Location Recovered: Probably Petersburg

Description:A real nice Read shell for the money. This is a late war Virginia style Read. The iron body shows a nice mold seam and distinct lathe marks on the bourrelets. On one bourrelet has what appears to be a pop in the iron but it is in fact the vent hole from when the shell was poured. It snapped off below the surface when removed at the factory. The copper fuse plug is in very nice shape.

The sabot on these is attached by casting the shell around the sabot. The process creates a knob of iron in the center of the sabot to hold it in place. In this case that knob broke of during firing resulting in the loss of the sabot.