Excavated 3″ Hotchkiss Shell – Non Fired


Excavated 3″ Hotchkiss Shell – Non Fired – This excellent, dug condition, unfired shell is a late war Hotchkiss Projectile with flame grooves which allowed the flame of the cannon ignition to curl around the projectile and ignite the paper time fuse.  The lead sabot completely intact, evidencing no post-firing rifle marks.  This shell contained a timed fuse in the brass fuse holder – this is still in the nose of the shell; the interior of the shell was filled with case shot. Excavated in Amelia County, Virginia, along the Retreat Route, near Deatonville and the battlefield of the Battle of Sayler’s Creek, this shell has been disarmed.