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Authentic Civil War Artillery Shells & Cannonballs
Very Fine Rarity #10 Original Excavated Civil War Wright Fuze Pattern Cannonball
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This is one of the scarcest versions of Civil War cannonballs that you can find. It is the version known to collectors as the Wright time fuse. It is basically a Borman pattern cannonball with a unique style fuse at the top. This fuse is mush better than most of the Wright ball's that you encounter. Wright's time fuse allowed for a longer burning time compared to the standard Borman fuse. It increased from 5 to 12 seconds. You can still see a couple of the numbers on the fuse. On page 28 of Jones's book on Civil War fuzes, he tells of Wright's invention that was patented on December 6th 1864. He also states that "only a few field recoveries have been noted." In the 1993 edition of the artillery book by Dickey & George they list this pattern of cannonball as a 10 out of 10 in rarity. That is a tough as they come. The ball itself is in good excavated condition with the old pitting you see. It has been professionally disarmed, for display and safely purposes. This is a great piece for any artillery collection.

Item #: B4251
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