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  • 3" "Schenkl" Artillery Shell / Sold

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    3" “Schenkl” Artillery Shell - Inventory Number: ART 326 / SOLD

    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  percussion

    The rounded nose on this pattern indicates it is case-shot. The Schenkl employed a papier-mâché' sabot which helped decrease humidity-related swelling. 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 to correct this problem. However, the combination fuze worked very poorly with only approximately a 55% success rate accounting for this unexploded example.  This shell has seven raised ribs on the tapered cone.  A portion of a fuse with patent info is included.

    Inventory Number: ART 326 / SOLD