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A01167 - Flat Bottom Girl! Hotchkiss
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Item Number: A01167

Item Title: Flat Bottom Girl! Hotchkiss

Price: $450

Shipping: Not included

Provenance: US

Type: Hotchkiss Percussion Shell

Size: 3.67 Inch (For Rifled 6-lber)

Sabot: Lead Band (Missing)

Fuse: West Point Iron Anvil Cap

Book: Dickey and George (1993 Edition) Page 173

Location Recovered: Vicksburg, MS

Description:I've had a chance to buy one of these prior to this one and it is now in my collection. This is, according to the D&G book, an 1860 prototype Hotchkiss shell. It differs from the ones normally seen in that it has a flat bottom cup that has a lathe dimple in it. During the war they didn't lathe the Hotchkiss shells so war time examples don't have a lathe dimple. It appears the US was cleaning out an armory, found these and sent them to Vicksburg to get rid of them. I don't know of any other impact area besides the Stockade Redan area on the north east corner of the CS lines. They come as bolts, which are almost non-existent, and the shells with the slotted iron anvil cap.

This shell is as you can see is missing the sabot. The base and nose were found together but came apart and I cleaned them separately. The cup has some mild ground action but is in decent shape. The lathe dimple is clearly seen. There is a little chipping of the cup edge but otherwise is intact. It has the early west point style iron anvil cap percussion fuse. The anvil cap, being made of steel, is in very good shape and you can see some nice crisp threads above the shell lip. On the bottom of the nose you can see the iron plug that was used to fill the casting hole. The iron on the nose is very good other than one place that either chipped off on impact or popped. Otherwise very nice.

If you like Hotchkiss don't let this one go. You are not very likely to ever get a chance at another. And if you do find one and it is an upgrade you'll have no problem finding a new home for this one.

Shell is inert, cleaned and coated.