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A01127 - Sweet Parrott Shell
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Item Number: A01127

Item Title: Sweet Parrott Shell

Price: $145

Shipping: Not included

Provenance: US

Type: Read-Parrott Shell

Size: 10 Pounder (2.9 Inch Caliber)

Sabot: Wrought Iron Ring Pre-Stamped Rifling

Fuse: Zinc Time Adapter

Book: Dickey and George (1993 Edition) Page 216
Melton and Pawl (Paperback Editon) Page 65 A-91

Location Recovered: Vicksburg area

Description:This is a really great looking artillery shell. It is a Read-Parrot with a zinc time fuse adapter made for the 2.9-inch (10 Pounder) Parrott rifle.

The wrought iron sabot is what shows this to be a Read-Parrott and is pre-stamped with the 3 lands-n-grooves for the Parrott rifle. Wrought iron is used as it is malleable and will form with the pre-stamping and form into the guns rifling without breaking too often. As you can see this one is the exception tot he rule as part of the sabot did break off. I suspect it is because it hit bottom end first and struck a rock which broke it off but hard to tell. But it displays very well on one side so for the $50 less this shell would be if the sabot was complete you can get a super display piece. It does stand on its own but barely as only a small force will push it over. But a small piece of wood or threaded nut or similar on the backside will make it easily stable.

The rest of the shell like nearly all ACW artillery is cast iron which breaks under force making shrapnel. The iron body of the shell is quite smooth with only the smallest amount of ground action.

The fuse is a very bright white in color from the zinc oxidation and really shows it off well. It is much whiter than it appears in the image. We disarmed it through the base so as not to cause any damage to the fuse.

This shell seems to not be a case shot as it weighs in at 8lb 13.5oz.

Shell is inert, cleaned and coated.