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Confederate Artillery Vent Pick (SOLD)

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This is another nice item being offered, it is an Artillery Priming Wire/Vent Pick. The iron piece is pointed at one end and an iron "T" at the other. The crudeness of the manufacturing of this piece suggests that it was produced by the Confederacy. It measures 21” long, which would be typical of being used on a larger siege gun or on a ship. It was inserted through the vent hole of the cannon in order to pierce the cartridge bag seated in the bore. This allowed the flame from the primer to reach the propellant charge.

In my book “Civil War Artillery – A Pictorial Introduction”, I go into more details about these types of tools used during the Civil War. The artillery pick offered was part of a large Civil War collection I acquired and is in very nice condition.

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