This excavated Confederate .577 caliber British Enfield rifle bullet with teat is in good condition and is from the collection of the legendary Mac Mason. 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 lettering style. This example is marked on one side: "ENFIELD / TEAT CAVITY / 4-6-74" representing bullet name/type, and date of recovery. The surface of this bullet has a brown-white patina and it measures approximately .555 inch in diameter, 1.037 inch in length, and weighs approximately 527 grains. There are two small shallow cut marks on one side of the bullet and its skirt is slightly out of round. In addition to the teat in the cavity, there is also a small hole on in the side of the cavity which is the result of a casting flaw, likely an air bubble. Mac Mason also 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. Included in the additional images is a scan of a portion of page 231 from "Round Ball to Rimfire, Part Four" by Dean S. Thomas that shows a similar example of this bullet as specimen 472. This Mason marked Enfield bullet will be an excellent addition to any Civil War bullet or general relic collection.
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