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A01163 - Very Nicely Fused Bormann - Likely Braille

Item Number: A01163

Item Title: Very Nicely Fused Bormann - Likely Braille

Price: $185

Shipping: Not included

Provenance: US/CS

Type: Bormann Common Shell

Size: 12 Pounder (4.62 Inch Caliber)

Sabot: Wood Cup (Missing)

Fuse: Bormann Time Fuse

Book: Melton and Pawl (Paperback Editon) Page 32 A-12

Location Recovered:

Description:The Bormann fused 12-lber was one of the work horses of the war for both sides but especially the north. The south had issues making safe and reliable fuses. With 12-lber gun and howitzers aplenty these shells saw service in every corner of the war.

This shell is a common shell weighing in at 8lb 3oz. The iron is very solid with light peppering from the ground action. The digger (or some prior owner) seems to have only wire brushed the surface and then painted it black. As a result it has some flaking of the paint. This could easily be stripped off if so desired. What makes this shell is the nice smooth fuse with the light brown patina. There is a short piece of the cover to the powder train missing from 12:00 to 3:00 but it is not distracting. Even though the face of the fuse is rather smooth I see no numbers and am pretty sure I see the dots that would mean it is a "Braille" fuse that uses counts of dots rather than numbers to indicate the number of seconds to punch. It is a nice shell for under $200.

Shell is inert. While cleaned and coated it could use some TLC.

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