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Starting to list some new items daily. Note that in a few days we'll start listing a good bit of non-bullet and artillery items from a big collection we just got. Lots of buttons and some plates and other goodies.

A01463 - Pre-War Prototype Dyer Shell

Item Number: A01463

Item Title: Pre-War Prototype Dyer Shell

Price: 325/400

Shipping: Not included

Provenance: US/CS

Type: Dyer

Size: 3 Inch Caliber

Sabot: Zinc Alloy Cup

Fuse: Schenkl Percussion (Missing)

Dickey and George (1993 Edition) Page 144
Melton and Pawl (Paperback Editon) Page 53 A-59

Location Recovered: Unknown

Description: Dyer shells were being made before the war started and were one of the early rifled projectiles. It is believed that some of these were captured at the start of the war which is why so many were found in early battlefields having been fired by the Confederates. Research later showed they were in fact US Dyer shells.

As described in the Dickey & George 1993 book, this particular shell is shown and described as a "Pre-War US 3" Prototype". The sabot has no flame grooves. It appears to me to be either all lead or at least a high percentage of lead. It has dings, etc. from time but is generally in pretty good shape. of interest is that there is still traces or orange arsenal paint on the bottom. As you can see the iron is beautiful with no pitting. This shell did not have a fuse when I got it but with the such good iron I was able to chase the threads to accept a fuse. Most Dyers used the small diameter Dyer time fuse adapter. There are some that accepted the CS time adapter and some that took the US Schenkl fuse. This is the Schenkl version of the shell. They are found with both the unmarked and patent date marked percussion fuses.

Of note from the pictures there is one with a fuse screwed in. That fuse is not available to purchase as it is from my collection. The only Schenkl percussion I have to fit it has a small thread problem and only screws in a couple turns due to being ballooned from a shell explosion. You can see that in the pictures of the fuse outside the shell; this is a different fuse than the one screwed in. As you can see it has nice patent date stamping on the face. The shell without a fuse can be bought for $325 or if you want a fuse to put with it (won't screw in) they both can be had for $400.

Shell is inert, cleaned and coated.

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