Author Topic: Anyone able to ID this?  (Read 792 times)


CarlS

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Re: Anyone able to ID this?
« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2020, 08:39:30 PM »
Someone in Charleston sent me the pics of that shell earlier.  Unfortunately, at least for me, I can't tell what it is as I can't see the base.  but the fuse I'm nearly positive is a WWI percussion fuse.  Very odd that it is not screwed into the shell very far at all.  At a glance the shell looks like a bourreleted Civil War shell such as a Read or Mullane or Brooke and it may be one but hard to tell without better pictures.  But the fuse is certainly not Civil War.
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Carl

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Re: Anyone able to ID this?
« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2020, 12:01:45 PM »
A Civil War era Paris bomb fired from Fort Sumter....  I think we can all decide that is not what it is, lol

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Re: Anyone able to ID this?
« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2020, 07:29:58 PM »
biggest cover up ever, france attacked SC in ww1, and no one noticed  LOL

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Re: Anyone able to ID this?
« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2020, 11:38:08 PM »
lol
It's not always "Survival of the fitest" sometimes the idiots get through.

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Re: Anyone able to ID this?
« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2020, 09:17:08 AM »
As Charleston had a Naval Base for a number of years, it is no telling where it came from or who brought it back as a souvenir.

CarlS

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Re: Anyone able to ID this?
« Reply #6 on: February 09, 2020, 05:10:02 PM »
John Bartleson worked at that base for quite some time.  I'm guessing this was something he squirreled away and forgot!   ;)

I've attached a picture below of the shell for easy viewing and future views.  If anyone knows of a better view showing the sabot I'd appreciate a pointer.
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Carl

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Re: Anyone able to ID this?
« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2020, 08:44:00 PM »
The fuze head's shape indicates it is from the 1880s, plus or minus a few years. At that time, bourrelets were still being employed on artillery projectile bodies.

If you look at the TV-station's photos VERY closely, there seems to be some numbers (108 or 109) stamped into the shell's left side near the fuzehole, and also on the back side of the fuze in Carl's photo.

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Pete
« Last Edit: February 13, 2020, 08:55:55 PM by Pete George »

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Re: Anyone able to ID this?
« Reply #8 on: February 14, 2020, 06:41:43 AM »
 Pete,     Great to hear from you on the forums !!     Please keep adding your excellent clarity and input - we enjoy your input and extensive knowledge sharing.      David

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Re: Anyone able to ID this?
« Reply #9 on: February 14, 2020, 11:16:08 AM »
Yeah Pete, great to see you are still kicking.  :)

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Re: Anyone able to ID this?
« Reply #10 on: February 17, 2020, 01:42:34 AM »
Pete, good to see you posting!   We need you.   
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