Item: Carved Confederate .69 Caliber "Raleigh" Pattern Bullet - "Sawtooth"
Condition: Excellent. This large bullet has a pleasing white patina and is a near perfect example for a carved Confederate bullet. Most carved bullets recovered are simply bullets that soldiers whittled away on without creating a work of art. Every now and then one is recovered that is. The bottom portion of this bullet's skirt was carved away. Angled notches were meticulously carved in the rim creating a gear or sawtooth appearance.
Recovered: Culpeper County, VA area.
Approximate size: .681 x .846 inches.
Reference: Uncarved examples of this type bullet can be found in the following Civil War small arms projectile reference books:
See above pages in additional images.
Comments: .69 caliber "Raleigh" pattern bullets are some of the largest bullets used during the Civil war. According to Round Ball to Rimfire, Part Four, by Dean Thomas, on page 236, item 561, these bullets were "made at the N.C. Institute for the Deaf & Dumb and the Blind". A complete and non-carved example is pictured with this carved bullet to demonstrate the before and after appearance. This carved bullet will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War bullet or general relic collection. (The un-carved example is not included.)
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Call or Text: 804-873-5462