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  • Federal Schenkl Shell

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    Federal Schenkl from Gettysburg:

    DIAMETER:  2.90 inches
    GUN:  3-inch wrought iron (ordnance) rifle
    LENGTH:  10 1/8 inches
    WEIGHT:  8 pounds without sabot
    CONSTRUCTION:  Case shot
    SABOT:  Papier-mâché'
    FUZING:  Schenkl combination time and percussion

    The rounded nose on this pattern indicates it is case-shot. Please note the original papier-mâché' sabot on this non-excavated example. The lower zinc band, which helped decrease humidity-related swelling, is missing. Since the papier-mâché' sabot fit so tightly in the bore, no flame could pass to light the conventional time fuze. A self-igniting fuze was used in an attempt to correct this problem. However, the combination fuze worked very poorly with only approximately a 55% success rate. This shell has seven raised ribs on the tapered cone.


    Inventory Number: ART 123