This is a .58 caliber Shaler bullet. Ruben & Ira Shaler received patent #36,197 on August 12, 1862 for their sectional bullet. In theory, the pieces separated after exiting the barrel making “one man equal to three.” However, the separate sections were inaccurate and often stuck together. A scarce bullet and one example of the many wartime inventions that were better in theory than practice.
Comes housed in a 5 x 6 inch display case with red velvet backing and descriptive card.
Inventory Number: BUL 391 / SOLD