FIND SPOTLIGHT: Schenkl Shell Recovered by Anthony Taylor

FIND SPOTLIGHT: Schenkl Shell Recovered by Anthony Taylor

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.

The dig site, with imprint of the shell in the dirt.

The dig site, with imprint of the shell in the dirt.

Anthony Taylor currently hunts with a Garrett AT Pro and an XP Deus.

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Congratulations to Anthony for rescuing this exceptionally great Civil War relic!!!    If you or someone you know made an exceptional detecting find, please send details and photos – we’d like to let our readers know about it!

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Anthony Taylor



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