Accomplished detectorist Anthony Taylor of Talladega, Alabama dug this beautiful, complete three-inch Schenkl shell with a timed percussion fuse. The shell was recovered in Resaca, Georgia. He was hunting with his father.
Named for its developer, John P. Shenkl, and used primarily as a naval projectile, Schenkl shells were loaded with a papier-mâché cylinder enclosing the shell’s rear conical section. This covering provided a tighter fit inside the cannon’s barrel. Once fired, this cylinder disintegrated, leaving the shell with a more streamlined, oval shape, allowing for increased distance and accuracy. The rounded nose often held small-caliber musket balls that would scatter radially upon detonation.
According to Abbot’s Siege Artillery in the Campaigns Against Richmond, the Schenkl percussion fuze was 82% effective.
Anthony Taylor currently hunts with a Garrett AT Pro and an XP Deus.
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