Great Britain

Whitworth Pattern I, Sub-pattern II


DIAMETER:  2.71 inches across flats
GUN:  12-pounder Whitworth rifle, 2.75-inch caliber
LENGTH:  9 inches
WEIGHT:  8 pounds 8 ounces
CONSTRUCTION:  Case shot - iron segmented interior
SABOT:  None
FUZING:  Threaded fuze missing

This unfired non-battlefield Whitworth shell has a removable nose section which allowed iron segments to be loaded and arranged around the bursting charge. Three pins secured the nose in place. No battlefield recoveries in this Pattern I, Sub-pattern II, variety of Whitworth projectile and caliber are known to the authors.  For information about Sir Joseph Whitworth click here.