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A00239 - Half section of a Confederate 12pdr sideloader shell
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Item Number: F00239

Item Title: Half section of a Confederate 12pdr sideloader shell

Price: $185

Shipping: Not included

Provenance: CS

Type: Case shot spherical shell

Size: 12pdr

Sabot:

Fuse: CS copper time fuse adapter

Book:

Location Recovered: Richmond defenses

Description:Nice half section of a 12pdr Confederate "sideloader" case shot shell.

This is 100% Confederate because they had to devise ways to make these shells in the face of severe lead shortages. Normally, the shells are filled with balls in a matrix that solidifies as it dries. The powder cavity is drilled from the fuse hole through this when the case shot are made of soft lead, but not when they are iron. Lead shortages forced the Confederacy to substitute iron case shot and so these shells had to be loaded from the side (hence "sideloader') around a dowel through the fuse hole. After the matrix hardened, the dowel was pulled out creating the powder chamber and the side plug was filled. You can see the lead plug cut in half here.