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A00284 - Nice Half Shell Example of the Bormann Fuse Ball
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Item Number: F00284

Item Title: Nice Half Shell Example of the Bormann Fuse Ball

Price: $155

Shipping: Not included

Provenance: US/CS

Type: Cannon Ball

Size: 12-lber (4.62 Inch Caliber)

Sabot: Wood Cup (missing)

Fuse: Bormann Time Fuse

Book: Dickey and George (1993 Edition) Page 35
Melton and Pawl (Paperback Editon) Page 31 & 32

Location Recovered:

Description:The ubiquitous Bormann cannon ball is often the first artillery shell a collector wants in their collection. The fuse was designed before the American Civil War by a Belgium and the US soon adopted it for their field artillery round balls. Thus there was little use in the field artillery by wood fused cannon balls by the Union. The south tried to make a Bormann fuse as well but it continued to have issues to the had to punt and go back to the tried and true wood adapter.

This example has a better fuse than normally seen in half shells as much of it is still intact and it is not all corroded. It used the iron underplug. The fuse did raise slightly off the plug while being in the ground. T his is likely from internal gasses produced by the powder when it gets damp and is often seen. The iron shows ground action but doesn't have any real pitting. Inside the ball is a nice showing of the lead case shot balls suspended in a nice smooth black matrix. A special feature of this cannon ball is that it used the tin can powder charge and you can see the remnants of that. The cutter did a real nice job on this shell.

It will be going to the Chattanooga Show this weekend (7/24/2020) and likely won't last long there.

Ball is cleaned, coated and disarmed.