Item: Confederate .69 Caliber Gardner Bullet - Carved
Condition: Very good, excavated. This very large bullet has a dirty-white waxy patina and a shallow cavity. On one side is a carved out divot or hole exhibiting carve marks, as well as carvings to either side of the hole. There also appears to be carve marks at the rim on one side of the bullet's base. The bullet's skirt is well rounded and the bullet will still stand upright. Other than a couple of very small patina chips or scrapes, there are no dings or repairs.
Comments: Sixty-nine caliber Gardner bullets are some of the largest bullets used during the Civil war and recovering them is a rare event. The period carving on the side of the bullet is likely the result of a soldier, and it has me perplexed, as I am unable to determine if it is a carving of something or is it simply just abstract whittling? At certain angles it appeared to me to possibly be a bird or a snail?? Perhaps you can determine exactly what it represents. This huge bullet will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War bullet or general relic collection.
Approximate size: .68 x 1.12 inches.
Reference: M&M: 168 / Thomas' RBTR Part Four, Page 237 #569
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