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A00966 - Excellent Read Shell - Fuse Unscrews (Was $340)

Item Number: A00966

Item Title: Excellent Read Shell - Fuse Unscrews (Was $340)

Price: $300

Shipping: Not included

Provenance: CS

Type: Read Shell

Size: 2.9 Inch (10 Pounder)

Sabot: Copper Ring

Fuse: CS Copper Time Fuse Adapter

Book: Dickey and George (1993 Edition) Page Not Lis
Melton and Pawl (Paperback Editon) Page Similar

Location Recovered: Unknown

Description:You'll really like this nice example of a very uncommon Read shell. Much to my surprise I already had one in my collection or I would gladly keep it. This shell is a late war development and are found in 1864 and later battles. This Read was, according to Melton & Pawl, manufactured at the Atlanta Arsenal. It was made for the 10-lber Parrott rifle and that gun's rifling is beautifully seen on the sabot.

The shell's iron is good with no big pitting but just the salt-n-pepper small pits from 100 years plus in the ground. The shell was found without a fuse in it but I chased the threads and added a nice CS copper time fuse adapter like what would have been in it. It easily screws in and out. The sabot is beautiful. It shows very distinctly all the wide grooves of the gun and has a very pleasing copper color that helps it stand out. It looks like a pre-engraved sabot but I don't think it is. It just took the rifling beautifully. As you can see from the images this shell exhibits the bad chipping problem that many Read shells had. I would guess the chipping is about 80% of the way around with one place that is 1.5" wide that shows how the shell body looked all the way to the sabot. This is a great shell for the money. My images don't do it justice. If the chipping wasn't there and the iron was slick it would be $600+.

Shell is inert, cleaned and coated.

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