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A01191 - Very nice bourreleted Read shell
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Item Number: A01191

Item Title: Very nice bourreleted Read shell

Price: $445

Shipping: Not included

Provenance: CS

Type: Read

Size: 3 Inch Caliber

Sabot: Copper Ring - Unfired

Fuse: CS Copper Time Fuse Adapter

Book: Dickey and George (1993 Edition) Page 257
Melton and Pawl (Paperback Editon) Page 72 A-10

Location Recovered: Unkown

Description:This is an excellent example of the Virginia style Read that you are sure to like. These were made for the ordnance rifles and were used on all theaters. They are popular among collectors.

The iron is very solid and nice. It is not as shiny as the image shows. There is light peppering on the iron so it shows as a good honest dug shell. But the bourrelets are nice and the bottom is extremely good. it has a nice small lathe dimple. The number "67" is from a prior collector. It looks familiar but I don't know what from.

It has wonderful dark brown patina on the fuse and sabot. The sabot is unfired with the lathe marks still visible. The fuse is not dinged from impact and seems to have some of the leather washer still under it. It is also the uncommon style fuse with the small hole in the bottom which we typically find in taller case shot smooth sided shells. It weighs in at 7lb 13oz which is close to what a case side loader version is but still about 8 ounces lighter. It is too nice to cut in half to see but I wonder....

Shell is inert, cleaned and coated.