.44 Caliber Colt Dragoon Bullet - Mac Mason Lettering

Item: .44 Caliber Colt Dragoon Bullet - Mac Mason Lettering
Condition: Excellent, excavated. The bullet has an overall white surface patina with a flat solid base. It is marked on one side, "MEADOW BR. RD. 11-24-73" representing its recovery location and date. 
Recovered: November 24, 1973 Meadow Bridge Road, Henrico County, VA.
Approximate size: .453 inch diameter, .777 inch length, 240 grains weight.
Reference: Similar examples can be found in the following Civil War relic reference books:.

  • "Civil War Projectiles II Small Arms & Field Artillery" by W. Reid McKee and M. E. Mason, Jr., pages 33 & 34, item 32.
  • "Civil War Projectiles II Small Arms & Field Artillery with Supplement" by W. Reid McKee and M. E. Mason, Jr., page 58 & 59, item 489.
  • "Round Ball to Rimfire, Part One by Dean S. Thomas page 23, #765.
  • "Some Civil War Bullets 2" by Thomas J. Stelma, page 110, item 05-045.

See above pages in the additional images.

Comments: Mac Mason was a historian, author, and artist who applied his skillful and artistic lettering to many Civil War artifacts. This bullet is one of those artifacts and is marked with his recognizable printing style. Mac Mason co-authored "Civil War Projectiles II Small Arms & Field Artillery with Supplement" which is still widely used by diggers and collectors in the identification of Civil War bullets, cartridges, artillery shells and fuzes. To learn more about Mac Mason, click his linked name. This Barthalow bullet would have fit the model 1860 Colt Army as well as any other the .44 Civil War revolvers. It will be an excellent addition to any Civil War bullet or general relic collection.

Additional information: Meadow Bridge is situated just northeast of Richmond and to read a small description of the battle, click on the preceding link.

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