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Civil War Bullets

This page last updated April 15, 2014

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PC5207
                   .58 Caliber Agar Machine Gun Cartridge
 
 This is a Civil War relic you won't see everyday.  This non-excavated .58 caliber Agar Machine Gun cartridge is in outstanding condition.  These cartridges were used in a machine gun invented by Wilson Agar (sometimes spelled Ager) and nicknamed the "coffee mill" due to its loading hopper on the top of the gun.  This hopper would feed the ammunition into the barrel of the gun.  The ammunition used was a re-loadable 2 3/4 inch steel cylinder had a nipple on one end, gun powder in the middle and a bullet closely resembling a Type III Williams cleaner bullet at the other end.  The steel cylinders were placed in the hopper and fell into place to be fired as the crank handle on the side was rotated in a clockwise direction.  At one end of the cartridge is the firing nipple and at the other end is a hole where a .58 caliber bullet, similar to a Type III Williams cleaner bullet, would typically be inserted.  For further information on these early machine guns click Agar Gun.  The approximate length is 2 3/4 inches and diameter is 1 inch.  Ref. "Civil War  Projectiles II Small Arms & Field Artillery with supplement" by McKee and Mason, Cartridges section, page 88, #133.
  This Agar machine gun cartridge will be an excellent addition to any Civil War cartridge or general relic collection.   SOLD

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PC197
                  Confederate Whitworth Bullet for Sharpshooter

This Confederate Whitworth bullet for sharpshooter is in very good condition and was recovered at a construction site in the area of Fort Negley in Nashville, TN.  Its surface has an overall waxy tan-brown patina and measures approximately .447 inches in diameter and approximately 1.41 inches in length.  There is a very minor ding at its base with a resulting loss in some of the patina but is otherwise in near perfect condition with no repairs. This Confederate Whitworth bullet will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War bullet or general relic collection.  Ref. M&M 250   SOLD

PLEASE READ the following interesting information from Wikipedia on the "Whitworth Sharpshooters":

"The gun proved to be an accurate and deadly instrument. Its most remembered act was on May 9, 1864 at the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House, where Union General John Sedgwick urged his men to leave a ditch in which they lay in order to cover from the Confederate snipers hidden 800 to 1000 yards away. According to Martin T. McMahon, Brevet Major-General, U.S.V. [Chief-of-Staff, Sixth Corps], he and General Sedgwick were walking along the line when he [Sedgwick] noticed a soldier dodging a near-passing bullet, and said to him."

"What? Men dodging this way for single bullets? What will you do when they open fire along the whole line? I am ashamed of you. I'm ashamed of you, dodging that way. They couldn't hit an elephant at this distance."

Just seconds later he fell forward with a bullet hole below his left eye.

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PC5307
                  Confederate .58 Caliber Gardner Bullet - Rocky Face, GA

This excavated Confederate .58 caliber Gardner bullet is one of two that came from a collection of Gardner bullets that I recently purchased.  The bullet is in very good condition with a grey-white patina and a visible mold seam.  Hand printed on the bullet is "ROCKY FACE 12-27-76" indicating where recovered, "Rocky Face", GA. and the date recovered.  This bullet will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War bullet or general relic collection.  Approx. .578 inches in diameter and 1.084 inches in length.  $10.00   Order Information  or  Questions?

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                  .58 Caliber French Triangle Base Bullet

This .58 caliber French triangle base bullet is in very good condition and has a mostly white patina.  This bullet is from the bullet collection of Paul Irvin.  Mr. Irvin marked some of his bullets with a corresponding McKee & Mason reference number from their Civil War bullet reference book "Civil War Projectiles II Small Arms & Field Artillery with Supplement". This example has the M&M reference number of 349.  This bullet is a fine example with no dings, a well defined triangle base, and a nice round skirt.  This bullet measures approximately .567 x .982 inches and will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War bullet or general relic collection.   SOLD

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                  .69 Caliber Tower Bullet - HUGE BULLET
 
 This massive excavated .69 caliber Tower bullet is in very good condition with its very pleasing even white patina.  It has the plug cavity and measures approximately .678 inches in diameter and .959 inches in length.  The surface of the bullet does have a couple of minor chips but they are hardly unnoticeable.  This unfired big bullet is in great shape, has not been repaired, and certainly would have done some serious damage to anything in its path. 
This bullet will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War bullet or general relic collection.  $45.00   Order Information  or  Questions?

 

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PC4060
                  10 Mixed Bullets

These ten mixed bullets, with grey, white and tan patinas, are in good condition and are from the bullet collection of Paul Irvin.  Mr. Irvin marked each of these bullets with a corresponding McKee & Mason reference number from their Civil War bullet reference book "Civil War Projectiles II Small Arms & Field Artillery with Supplement".  Bullets included are: (Top Row - Left to Right)  .56 cal Colt Revolving Rifle, .54 cal. Gardner, .58 cal. Gardner, .69 cal. French Triangle Base, .55 cal. Suhl Carbine, (Bottom Row - Left to Right)  .58 cal. Washington Arsenal (this bullet is actually marked with the number "33" which corresponds to McKee & Mason's cavity raised mark type of a "star" and not its actual reference number of 341), .52 cal. Sharps Carbine, .50 cal. Smith Carbine - rubber case, .54 cal. Merrill Carbine, .52 cal. Sharps Carbine, (Bottom Row - Left to Right)  .52 cal. Sharps Carbine, .577 Swaged base 5-point, .577 Swaged base 6-point (this bullet is miss-identified and should be M&M 344), .54 cal. Rifle, and a .52 cal. believed to be used in Joslyn or Spencer carbine. Virginia Relics has done their best to examine these bullets to determine if Mr. Irvin's identification of these bullets is accurate but we cannot guarantee that it is.  During the late nineteen sixties into the early nineteen eighties Mr. Irvin hunted many Civil War sites, both union and confederate, in central Virginia.  The story of several of Mr. Irvin's major relic finds is recalled in a chapter from Howard Crouch's book, "Relic Hunter:  The Field Account of Civil War Sites, Artifacts, and Hunting".  Click here to read the story of Mr. Irvin and these finds.  These bullets will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War bullet or general relic collection.    $65.00   Order Information  or  Questions?

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PC5309
                  Rare "Pulled" .58 Caliber US Base Bullet

Now here is a rare find, a .58 caliber bullet with the letters "US" in its base that has been pulled.  In all of the bullets I have handled over the years, this is the only example I have ever come across that has these two features.  The letters "US" are clearly visible in the bullets base and the screw type puller thread marks are also well defined in its tip.  A "pulled" bullet was one that needed to extracted from the barrel of the rifle due to a misfire.  The bullet has a nice grey-white patina and, while its skirt is slightly out of round, it is in very good condition.  This bullet will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War bullet or general relic collection.  Ref. M&M 342  SOLD

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PC5321
                  .69 Caliber Garibaldi or Carcano Bullet

This excavated .69 caliber Garibaldi bullet is in excellent "dropped" condition and has very nice even white patina. It has a visible mold seam and its skirt is mostly round.  What makes this bullet distinctive is that it is shorter than the examples I see in the reference books.  The bottom ring is not present and I believe that this is either the result of a flawed casting process or a soldier carving.  According to the Dean Thomas reference book, Round Ball to Rimfire, Part Four, on page 236, item No. 562, these bullets were "made at the N.C. Institute for the Deaf & Dumb and the Blind".  The bullet measures approximately .698 x .979 inches and will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War bullet or general relic collection.  Ref. M&M 199   $35.00    Order Information  or  Questions?

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                  Confederate .58 Caliber Gardner Bullet - Rocky Face, GA

This excavated Confederate .58 caliber Gardner bullet is one of two that came from a collection of Gardner bullets that I recently purchased.  The bullet is in very good condition with a dull white patina and a visible mold seam.  Hand printed on the bullet is "C.S GARDNER RICHMOND ROCKY FACE LAB." indicating which side of the war manufactured it, "CS",  its type, "Gardner", where manufactured, "Richmond Laboratory" and where recovered, "Rocky Face", GA.   This bullet will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War bullet or general relic collection.  Approx. .577 inches in diameter and 1.075 inches in length.  SOLD

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                  10 Mixed Bullets

These ten mixed bullets, with grey, white and tan patinas, are in good condition and are from the bullet collection of Paul Irvin.  Mr. Irvin marked each of these bullets with a corresponding McKee & Mason reference number from their Civil War bullet reference book "Civil War Projectiles II Small Arms & Field Artillery with Supplement".  Bullets included are: (Top Row - Left to Right)  .54 cal. Sharps & Hankins, .58 cal. Williams Cleaner type I, .58 cal. Williams Cleaner type II, .58 cal. Williams Cleaner type III, 58 cal. Williams Regulation, (Bottom Row - Left to Right) .58 cal. Washington Arsenal (this bullet is actually marked with the number "33" which corresponds to McKee & Mason's cavity raised mark type of a "star" and not its actual reference number of 341), .50 cal. Smith Carbine - Rubber Base, .54 cal. Starr Carbine, .54 cal. Ringtail Sharps Carbine, and a .54 cal. Burnside Carbine with dished base.  Virginia Relics has done their best to examine these bullets to determine if Mr. Irvin's identification of these bullets is accurate but we cannot guarantee that it is.  During the late nineteen sixties into the early nineteen eighties Mr. Irvin hunted many Civil War sites, both union and confederate, in central Virginia.  The story of several of Mr. Irvin's major relic finds is recalled in a chapter from Howard Crouch's book, "Relic Hunter:  The Field Account of Civil War Sites, Artifacts, and Hunting".  Click here to read the story of Mr. Irvin and these finds.  These bullets will be an excellent addition to any excavated bullet or general relic collection.   $65.00   Order Information  or  Questions?

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                  Confederate .54 Caliber Richmond Laboratory Sharps Carbine Bullet

This .54 caliber Richmond Laboratory Sharps carbine bullet is in very good condition and has a mostly brown-white patina.  This bullet is special in that it appears to have been marked by two of the great old time diggers, Paul Irvin and the legendary Mac Mason, co-author of the bullet reference book "Civil War Projectiles II Small Arms & Field Artillery with Supplement".  Along with Paul Irvin's M&M number of "464", Mac Mason beautifully lettered in black the bullet type, recovery month and date, and location dug "C.S SHARPS  9-68  B. HUND RD."  (Bermuda Hundred).  This bullet is a fine example with no dings, a well defined mold seam and will be an excellent addition to any excavated bullet or general relic collection.  SOLD

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                  .44 Caliber Henry Cartridge
 
 This excavated .44 caliber Henry cartridge is in good condition.  The brass cartridge has a mixed-green patina and a freeze-crack that runs laterally along one side, otherwise there are no breaks or dents.  The bullet itself has a dirty white patina and, while there is a chip in the surface on its side, the bullet still retains its original nice shape.  This cartridge was recovered in Petersburg, VA in the 1960's by Grayson Morris of Hopewell, VA.   There are no repairs and this Henry cartridge will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War bullet or general relic collection.   $25.00  
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                  Carved Enfield Bullet

This carved Enfield bullet is an example of what soldiers did with their idle time sitting around the campsite. The bullet now has a waxy tan-white patina and clear visible carve marks on all sides as well as its base.  This bullet is from the bullet collection of Paul Irvin and will be an excellent addition to any excavated bullet or general relic collection.   $25.00   Order Information  or  Questions?

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                  10 Mixed Bullets

These ten mixed bullets, with grey, white and tan patinas, are in good condition and are from the bullet collection of Paul Irvin.  Mr. Irvin marked each of these bullets with a corresponding McKee & Mason reference number from their Civil War bullet reference book "Civil War Projectiles II Small Arms & Field Artillery with Supplement".  Bullets included are: (Top Row - Left to Right)  .56 cal Colt Revolving Rifle, .54 cal. Gardner, .58 cal. Gardner, .69 cal. French Triangle Base, .55 cal. Suhl Carbine, (Bottom Row - Left to Right) .69 cal. Belgian Pattern, .54 cal. Hi-Base, .54 cal. Sharpshooters, .54 cal. Sharpshooters (believed to be miss-identified by Mr Irvin, may be M&M 453), this last bullet at the far right on the bottom row, marked "453", is miss-shaped and may be incorrectly identified. Virginia Relics has done their best to examine these bullets to determine if Mr. Irvin's identification of these bullets is accurate but we cannot guarantee that it is.  During the late nineteen sixties into the early nineteen eighties Mr. Irvin hunted many Civil War sites, both union and confederate, in central Virginia.  The story of several of Mr. Irvin's major relic finds is recalled in a chapter from Howard Crouch's book, "Relic Hunter:  The Field Account of Civil War Sites, Artifacts, and Hunting".  Click here to read the story of Mr. Irvin and these finds.   These bullets will be an excellent addition to any excavated bullet or general relic collection.  $95.00    Order Information  or  Questions?

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                  .577 New Austrian Bullet

This Confederate New Austrian bullet is in good dropped condition and was recovered in Petersburg, VA area in the 1960's by Grayson Morris of Hopewell, VA.  While there are some chips in the surface of its tan patina, it has no major dings or deformities.  This bullet will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War bullet or general relic collection.  Approximately .557 inch. diameter x .969 inch. length Ref.  M&M 108.   $65.00  
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PC5323
                  Enfield Bullet - "P" Base and Wood Plug

This very nice .577 caliber Enfield bullet is in excellent condition and has very nice tan-white patina.  In the base of this bullet is its wood plug and the raised letter "P" which is very strong and visible.  Other than a slightly out of round base rim, this bullet has no dings, bends, or repairs.  Approximately .575 inch diameter and 1.12 inch length.   $35.00   Order Information  or  Questions?

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PC5324
                  Small Caliber Sharps "Multi-Groove" Carbine Bullet for Gomez and Mills Cartridge

This "multi-groove" Sharps carbine bullet measures only approximately .39 inch in diameter and .71 inch in length.  It is one of the smallest of this type of bullet patented in 1858 by Edwin Gomez and William Mills.   The bullet, with its nice white patina, is in fair condition showing some dings to its surface.  These Gomez and Mills "multi groove" bullets were also base cast.  Ref. T&T:  103 & Dean Thomas - Round Ball to Rim fire Part II, Page 225, item 550.  SOLD


 

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PC5264
                  .32 Caliber Self-Contained Volcanic Bullet
 
 This excavated .32 caliber self-contained volcanic bullet is in excellent condition.  The exterior of the bullet has a very pleasing white patina with four very small rings.  According to Thomas and Thomas' book, "A Handbook of Civil War Bullets and Cartridges", the base of these unusual bullets were sealed with either cork only, cork and brass, or cork and iron.  I believe this example to be that of cork and iron but am not 100 % sure.  Also according to the Thomas' book, "Smith & Wesson held the patent (#14,147 dated January 22, 1856) for these bullets.  There are many variants found in the rings and the bases.  This example will be an excellent addition to any excavated bullet or general relic collection.  Ref.  T&T 15A   $95.00  
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                  Campsite Relic

This interesting relic is perhaps the work of a bored soldier.  What I believe to be a Spencer carbine bullet which has been shoved, upside-down, into a brass Burnside carbine cartridge casing.  This relic was excavated in a Civil War campsite the area of Harrison Lake in Charles City County, VA.   This neat relic will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War bullet, campsite, or general relic collection.   $45.00   Order Information  or  Questions?

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                  45 Buck Shot

These excavated buck shot are all in good dropped condition and were recovered in the area of General George B. McClellan's campsite at Harrison's Landing east of Richmond, Va.  The forty-five buck shot pictured are the exact ones you will receive.   $35.00   Order Information  or  Questions?

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                  .58 Caliber Three-Piece Shaler Bullet
 
 This .58 caliber three-piece dropped Shaler bullet, with its matching dirty white patina, is in good condition and was recovered in Culpeper, VA.  According to the local digger, all three sections were recovered from the same dig site, on the same day, but were not found together as pictured.  The center section is missing a portion of its rim which may either be a result of wear and tear out in the buried and in the elements for over 150 years or, is the result of a casting flaw.  The Shaler three piece bullet is by far one of the most interesting bullets from the Civil War.  It is a multi-piece .58 caliber bullet that was invented by Reuben Shaler and patented on August 12, 1862.  After it was fired, the three sections would spread apart allowing for more impact points on its designated target.   This bullet is a fine example and will make an excellent addition to any Civil War excavated bullet or general relic collection.    Ref. M&M 520 and T&T 155c.   $125.00  
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PC5096
                  Five .44 Caliber Colt Pattern For Revolver Pistol Bullets

These five high-grade .44 caliber "Colt Pattern For Revolver" pistol bullets all were recovered in the area of Brandy Station, VA area.  All are in excellent dropped condition and all with very nice white patinas.  These examples will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War bullet or general relic collection.  The bullets pictured are the exact ones you will receive.   $35.00   Order Information  or  Questions?

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PC5033
                  .52 Caliber Spencer Cartridge

This .52 caliber Spencer cartridge is in excellent condition.  The brass cartridge has a nice chocolate brown patina and has no cracks, breaks, or dents.  The bullet has a nice ashen grey patina and is nearly flawless. This cartridge was recovered in Petersburg, VA in the 1960's by Grayson Morris of Hopewell, VA.   There are no repairs and this bullet will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War bullet or general relic collection.   $35.00   Order Information  or  Questions?

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PC5026
                  Five High-Grade .54 Caliber Confederate Gardner Bullets

These five high-grade Confederate .54 caliber Gardner bullets all were recovered in the area of Brandy Station, VA area.  All are in excellent dropped condition and all with very nice white patinas.  These examples will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War bullet or general relic collection.  The bullets pictured are the exact ones you will receive.   $85.00    Order Information  or  Questions?

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PC3991
                  Five .44 Caliber Barthalow Bullets

These five .44 caliber Barthalow "for army revolver" bullets are in excellent dropped condition and all have dirty-white patinas.  This fine group was recovered in the Culpeper County, VA area will display very nicely.  The bullets pictured are the exact ones you will receive and will be an excellent addition to any excavated bullet or general relic collection.  Ref. M&M 479   $40.00   Order Information  or  Questions?

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                  10 Unique and Interesting "Pulled" Bullets
        
  These 10 bullets are not just your average ordinary American Civil War bullets.  Each one of these bullets is a misfire and each one had to be extracted or "pulled" from the gun barrel using a screw, double corkscrew type or other device attached to the end of a ramrod.  What makes this group particularly interesting is that there are several different types of bullets included and each one may exhibit unusual features such as exceptionally large screw holes, very distinct screw threads, deep holes, and other unusual and unique characteristics.  Included in this group are:  (bottom row L-R)  .58 cal. three ring Washington Arsenal "star base", 58 cal. three ringer (excellent example of screw pulled), .58 cal. Type III Williams Cleaner portion, .69 cal. round ball, .58 caliber Confederate Gardner, (top row L-R)   .54 cal. three ringer, .58 cal. three ringer (double cork screw pulled), .58 cal. three ringer (screw pulled), .69 cal. three ringer, .58 cal. six-spoke swage base bullet.   Another overlooked and interesting aspect about extracted or pulled bullets is the fact that they were handled not once, but twice by the soldier.  Sometimes in the heat of battle, when everything was on the line between life and death for these guys, with continued firing, the guns simply misfired and the process to extract the bullet would begin.  My guess is, with bullets whizzing by their heads, the extraction process seemed an eternity.  This nice collection was excavated in central Virginia by various relic hunters and the bullets pictured are the exact bullets you will receive.   $65.00   
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PC4897
                  Confederate Gardner Bullet Shoved Into Base of a Federal Three Ring Minie

This interesting little relic was recovered in Quinton area of New Kent,VA which was the sight of part of  JEB Stuart’s Ride Around the Union Army, June 10 to 16, 1862.  The digger got a chuckle out of uncovering this campsite oddity once he determined exactly what he had found.  It has been suggested that another use for this piece may have been a tompion or stopper for the muzzle of a musket.  The device is approximately 1 5/8 inches in length and it appears that the rings of the Gardner bullet have been whittled away.   This cool field made relic will be an excellent addition to any Civil War campsite, bullet, or general relic collection.  $75.00    Order Information  or  Questions?

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PC4907
                  Ten High-Grade .54 Caliber Round Balls

 These ten high grade .54 caliber round balls all were recovered in the area of Brandy Station, VA area.  All are in excellent dropped condition and with very nice white patinas.  The .54 caliber size round ball is less often recovered than the .69 caliber round ball.  The round balls pictured are the exact ones you will receive and they will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War bullet or general relic collection.   $75.00  
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PC4922
                  .69 Caliber Belgian Bullet

This .69 caliber Belgian bullet is in excellent condition and is an great example of one of the largest 3 ring bullets.  The surface of this bullet has a very nice even and overall white patina.  The base is perfectly round and there is a visible mold seam.  This big bullet measures approximately .686 x 1.15 inches and will be an excellent addition to any Civil War bullet or general excavated relic collection.   Ref.  M&M 318.   SOLD

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PC4924
                 Confederate Selma Arsenal Lube Groove Bullet   "BLOW-THROUGH"


This excavated Confederate Selma Arsenal lube groove bullet is a rare an unusual find and is an excellent example of a blow-through.  The blow-through is a result of a weakness in the walls of the upper body of the bullet formed during the manufacturing process.  As you can see from the additional picture enlargements, the blast from being fired caused the upper body lead to be nicely splayed out to one side.  These Confederate bullets were manufactured at the Selma Arsenal in Selma, Alabama.  Typically, blow-throughs are found in Confederate Gardner bullets and this is the first lube groove bullet I have seen with a blow-through.  Normally these bullets measure approximately 1 inch in length.  This example now measures 1.5 inches in length.  This bullet will be an excellent addition to any Civil War bullet or general relic collection.  Measures approximately .571 x .991 inches.   $65.00   Order Information  or  Questions?

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PC3498
                  Ten High-Grade .69 Caliber Round Balls
 
 These ten high grade .69 caliber round balls all were recovered in the area of Brandy Station, VA area.  All are in excellent dropped condition and with very nice white patinas.  The round balls pictured are the exact ones you will receive and they will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War bullet or general relic collection.   $55.00
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PC4921
                 Confederate .69 Caliber "Shallow Base" Gardner Bullet

This HUGE excavated Confederate .69 caliber shallow base Gardner bullet is in very good condition and was recovered in Shiloh, TN.  This nice example is basically flawless with the exception of the dark discoloration in one area.  The rest of the bullet has a very pleasing white-white patina and a visible mold seam.  Check out the enlarged pictures by clicking on the thumbnail image to the left.  This bullet will be an excellent addition to any Civil War bullet or general relic collection.  Approx. .688 inch diameter and 1.16 inch length.   $99.00   Order Information  or  Questions?

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PC4528
                  Five High-Grade "Ring Tail" Sharps Carbine Bullets

These five high-grade "ring tail" Sharps carbine bullets all were recovered in the area of Brandy Station, VA area.  All are in excellent dropped condition and all with very nice white patinas.  These examples will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War bullet or general relic collection.  The bullets pictured are the exact ones you will receive.   SOLD

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PC4917
                  Five High-Grade Merrill Carbine Bullets

These five high-grade Merrill carbine bullets all were recovered in the area of Brandy Station, VA area.  All are in excellent dropped condition and all with very nice white patinas.  These examples will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War bullet or general relic collection.  The bullets pictured are the exact ones you will receive.   $75.00  Order Information  or  Questions?

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PC4911
                  Fifteen High-Grade Williams Cleaners Type I, II & III
 
This group of fifteen high-grade Williams cleaner bullets include five type I (bottom row), five type II (middle row), and five type III (top row).  These examples are all in excellent dropped condition, with very nice white patinas, and the examples pictures are the exact bullets you will receive.  All of the bullets were excavated in various Civil War sites just east of Richmond, VA and they will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War bullet or general relic collection.  $75.00  
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PC4908
                  Five High-Grade Spencer Carbine Bullets with Non-Corroded Bases

These five high-grade Spencer carbine bullets all were recovered in the area of Culpeper, VA.  All are in excellent dropped condition and all with very nice white patinas.  Generally when these bullets are recovered they are found with corroded bases from the chemical reaction between the gunpowder, brass cartridge, and lead.  These examples are basically corrosion free and will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War bullet or general relic collection.   The bullets pictured are the exact ones you will receive.   $75.00   Order Information  or  Questions?

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PC4760
                  .58 Caliber "US Base" Bullet
 
 This excavated .58 caliber bullet with "US" stamped in the base is in very good unfired condition.  It has an overall white patina, with a nice round skirt and visible mold seam.  This bullet was recovered in the area of
Brandy Station, VA. and will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War bullet or general relic collection.  M&M 342 and T&T 152.   $65.00   Order Information  or  Questions?

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PC4461
                     Picket Bullet

This picket bullet for country rifle is in good condition and has a very nice gray-white patina.  It measures approximately .473 x 838 inches.  The diagonal slice in the body of the bullet is not deep, is a period cut, and not a digger ding.  It is more visible in the high resolution image than in hand under normal lighting.  This bullet was recovered in the area of Richmond, VA by 1950 - 60's local Virginia relic hunter, Jim Cullinan.  Jim was one of the early Civil War relic hunters that started out with a true "army mine detector" that actually required a backpack to operate.  M&M 19   $35.00    Order Information  or  Questions?

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PC4475
                  Austrian Pattern Bullet 

This Austrian pattern bullet was excavated in the Richmond, VA area by 1950 - 60's local Virginia relic hunter, Jim Cullinan.  Jim was one of the early Civil War relic hunters that started out with a true "army mine detector" that actually required a backpack to operate.  This bullet has an overall very nice white patina with a few areas of grey lead showing.  It is in good condition with what appears to be a slightly out of round skirt.  This bullet will be an excellent addition to any Civil War bullet or general relic collection.  Approximately .68 x .89 inches.  Ref. M&M 321   $75.00  Order Information  or  Questions?

 

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PC4182
                  .46 Caliber Sharps Carbine Bullet

This dropped .46 caliber Sharps carbine bullet is in good condition, has a grey white patina, and was recovered in New Kent County, VA.  While it does have some surface chipping it is still a solid dropped bullet.  Ref. M&M 193   SOLD

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PC3351
                                     Confederate Gardner "Blow Thru" Bullet
     
This excavated Confederate Gardner "blow thru" bullet is a unique relic and was recovered just east of Richmond, VA in the area of Malvern Hill.   Due to the thin walls of the bullet nose, caused by improper casting, the force of the firing would cause the bullet to be "blown-through".  This is an excellent display piece for any Civil war bullet or general relic collection.   $55.00   Order Information  or  Questions?

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PC4063
                  Three Spencer Carbine Cartridges

These three excavated Spencer carbine cartridges were recovered from the Richmond, VA. area.  The cartridge on the far left is in very good condition while the other two have issues typically associated with excavated examples such as dents, cracks, and breaks.  They are all stable and will display well in any bullet, cartridge or general relic collection.   $55.00    Order Information  or  Questions?

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PC3992
                  Nine High Quality Mixed Bullets

These nine high quality mixed bullets, with varying grey, white and tan patinas, are in very good condition and are from the bullet collection of Paul Irvin.  Mr. Irvin marked each of these bullets with a corresponding McKee & Mason reference number (with the exception of the Enfield bullet marked with 57 representing its caliber) from their Civil War bullet reference book "Civil War Projectiles II Small Arms & Field Artillery with Supplement".  Bullets included are: (Left-Right)  .54 cal. Merrill carbine, .577 triangular base French minie, .69 cal. Italian Garibaldi, .577 swage base, .69 cal. Belgian, .57 Enfield,  .58 cal. "US" in base three ringer, CS .54 cal. Selma Arsenal bullet, and a .54 cal. Starr carbine.  During the late nineteen sixties into the early nineteen eighties Mr. Irvin hunted many Civil War sites, both union and confederate, in central Virginia.  The story of several of Mr. Irvin's major relic finds is recalled in a chapter from Howard Crouch's book, "Relic Hunter:  The Field Account of Civil War Sites, Artifacts, and Hunting".  Click here to read the story of Mr. Irvin and these finds.   $195.00 for entire group.   Order Information  or  Questions?

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PC3918
                  Five "Dropped" Washington Arsenal Star Base Bullets

This group of five .58 caliber Washington Arsenal "star base" bullets are all in very good dropped condition with nice white patinas.   These examples were excavated from various Civil War sites east of Richmond, VA.  The five bullets pictured are the exact ones you will receive.  Click on the thumbnail picture to the left to see them.   $55.00    Order Information  or  Questions?

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Four Various Prussian Bullets

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PC2998
                  Four Various Prussian Bullets

These four huge Civil War "Prussian" bullets are all from the bullet collection of Paul Irvin and were some of the largest bullets used in the Civil War.  According to the James E. Thomas and Dean S. Thomas, "A Handbook of Civil War Bullets and Cartridges", though these bullets are referred to as "Prussian", there is no evidence of their foreign manufacture.  Mr. Irvin marked each bullet with a corresponding McKee & Mason reference number from their Civil War bullet reference book "Civil War Projectiles II Small Arms & Field Artillery with Supplement" During the late nineteen sixties into the early nineteen eighties Mr. Irvin hunted many Civil War sites, both union and confederate, in central Virginia.  The story of several of Mr. Irvin's major relic finds is recalled in a chapter from Howard Crouch's book, "Relic Hunter:  The Field Account of Civil War Sites, Artifacts, and Hunting".  Click here to read the story of Mr. Irvin and these finds.   $75.00 for entire group.   Order Information  or  Questions?

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PC3695
                  Bulk Mid-Grade Mixed Excavated Bullets

Bulk mid-grade excavated mixed bullets from Virginia Civil War camp and battle sites are currently available in the following size lots:   Currently sold out of .58 caliber 3 ring bullets but other types are available.

Lot of 25   
Lot of 50   
Lot of 75                                                     LIMITED AVAILABILITY - EMAIL FOR PRICING
Lot of 100 
Lot of 300 
Lot of 500

The bullets you will receive will be similar in quality to those pictures.  Click on the thumbnail picture to the left to see close-up images.  

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PC3696
                  Bulk High-Grade Mixed Excavated Bullets

Bulk high-grade excavated mixed bullets from Virginia Civil War camp and battle sites available in the following size lots:  Currently Sold Out

Lot of 25   
Lot of 50   
Lot of 75                                                       LIMITED AVAILABILITY - EMAIL FOR PRICING
Lot of 100 
Lot of 300 
Lot of 500

The bullets you will receive will be similar in quality to those pictures.  Click on the thumbnail picture to the left to see close-up images.   

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Bulk Fired and Deformed Mixed Bullets

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PC3697

                    Bulk Fired Mixed Excavated Bullets
 

Bulk fired & imperfect mixed excavated bullets from Virginia Civil War camp and battle sites available in the following size lots:   Currently Available

  Lot of 25   
  Lot of 50  
  Lot of 75                                                      LIMITED AVAILABILITY - EMAIL FOR PRICING
  Lot of 100 

The bullets you will receive will be similar in quality to those pictures.  Click on the thumbnail picture to the left to see close-up images    

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Ten .69 Caliber Round Balls

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PC3315
                  Ten .69 Caliber Round Balls
  
 These ten .69 caliber round balls all recovered in the area of Brandy Station, VA.  All are in fair condition.  These will make for a great display and the round balls pictured are the exact ones you will receive.  $25.00
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PC3175
                  Carved .54 Cal. Bullet - Dated "1875"

This .54 caliber bullet has the number "1875" carved into it.  I am assuming it represents the year "1875" but cannot be completely sure.  An interesting find from the collection of  Paul Irvin.  During the late nineteen sixties into the early nineteen eighties Paul Irvin hunted many Civil War sites, both union and confederate, in central Virginia.  The story of several of Mr. Irvin's major relic finds is recalled in a chapter from Howard Crouch's book, "Relic Hunter:  The Field Account of Civil War Sites, Artifacts, and Hunting".  Click here to read the story of Mr. Irvin and these finds.  $75.00  Order Information  or  Questions?

 

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PC2583

              .54 Caliber Von Lenke Gun Cotton Bullet

This .54 caliber Von Lenke gun cotton bullet is in fair condition and has an overall grey-white patina.  This difficult to find bullet is missing its upper body.  It is twice marked "476" which represents its reference number from the McKee and Mason bullet book "Civil War Projectiles II Small Arms & Field Artillery with Supplement".  This example is from the collection of Paul Irvin.  During the late nineteen sixties into the early nineteen eighties Paul Irvin hunted many Civil War sites, both union and confederate, in central Virginia.  The story of several of Mr. Irvin's major relic finds is recalled in a chapter from Howard Crouch's book, "Relic Hunter:  The Field Account of Civil War Sites, Artifacts, and Hunting".  Click here for a picture and the story of Mr. Irvin and these finds. Ref. M&M 476   $275.00    Order Information  or  Questions?

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PC134
               .69 Caliber Tower Bullet "Dot Base" Variant

This big beautiful .69 caliber Tower bullet is one of the best I have ever come across.  The bullet has a chalky white nearly unblemished patina.  The bullet has a thick skirt and a small dot in its base.  Dot base Tower bullets are unusual and this bullet is a premium example.   Ref. M&M 214v.   $95.00   Order Information  or  Questions?

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