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U00581 - Double R stamped, 1863 dated US Navy watercap fuse

Item Number: U00581

Item Title: Double R stamped, 1863 dated US Navy watercap fuse

Price: $160

Shipping: Not included

Provenance: US

Type: USN Watercap Fuse Adapter

Shell Type:

Thread Diameter:

Thread Count:

Book: Jones pages 9 & 10

Location Recovered: Probably Mare Island, CA

Description:This is a nice, complete specimen with good threads. Some folks do not realize that the brass bushing these went into is part of the shell so ones with the bushing on them have been blown out of an exploded shell. These are harder to find than those and more useful for completing shells.

The R is thought to be for "reload." When ships returned from cruises, the paper time fuse inside may have been exposed to moist sea air and so was undoubtedly replaced. So this one went on at least 3 long cruises and was reloaded twice -- very few of these have Rs at all, much less multiple Rs!

A batch of these fuse adapters were recovered near the Mare Island shipyard where they had been taken out of shells of returning ships and thrown in the river. This is likely one of those.


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