3” Confederate Mullane Artillery Shell
3” Confederate Mullane Artillery Shell – This superior example of a rather rare Confederate artillery shell was found somewhere near the site of the Battle of Winchester, Va. It remains in near non-dug condition, with almost no surface rust and absolutely no iron oxide flaking. When we had the shell disarmed, the original wooden fuse holder was very dry, as was the black powder within the shell; this powder actually came pouring out like dry sugar or salt granules – we kept the powder, as well as pieces of the wooden fuse holder, to accompany the shell. The shell, exhibiting a boureleted, ringed, long nose, still has all three of the sabot studs attached to its base; the copper sabot is no longer with the shell. This is, by far, the best field recovery Mullane we have seen.