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A01128 - Wonderful Mullane For Blakely Rifle
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Item Number: A01128

Item Title: Wonderful Mullane For Blakely Rifle

Price: $725

Shipping: Not included

Provenance: CS

Type: Mullane Shell

Size: 3.5 Inch Caliber for 12-lber Blakely Rifle

Sabot: Copper Disk

Fuse: Wood Adapter (Missing)

Book: Dickey and George (1993 Edition) Page 211

Location Recovered: Fredericksburg, VA

Description:This is a very neat shell that most collections don't have. It is a Mullane shell designed for the 12-lber British Blakely rifle with 7 lands-n-grooves due to a shortage of the British Britten shells. Unlike the 3-inch Mullanes and most other calibers this one is smooth bodied and doesn't have bourrelets. It has a flush bolt so did not employ a wooden disk.

The body has peppered ground action but no pits and is good and solid. The fuse hole that took the wood fuse adapter is open and in good shape showing a clean interior. The sabot is in wonderful shape not having been pulled back or lost like so often happens and shows excellent rifling. One of the three iron pins that prevents the sabot from slipping broke off during firing but the other two are present and in good shape. The small headed center bolt that attaches the sabot to the body is also in good shape. As described in the D&G book, there is a very shallow flame groove filed into the sabot.

This is a good hard to get projectile that is sure to enhance the collection. Mullanes are distinctly CS and this is a rare caliber to boot.

Sorry about the images giving a blue hue. I got a new camera and I'll need to figure out the settings when using in natural light. Will try to take another image with better light color after the Gettysburg Show if it doesn't sell.

Shell is inert, cleaned and coated.