This excavated Johnston & Dow bullet for .44 caliber army Colt revolver is in excellent condition and is from the collection of the legendary relic hunter Mac Mason. Mac Mason was also 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. To learn more about Mac Mason, click his linked name. This example, with its tan-white patina, is marked on one side of its base: "ST. H" representing St. Helena Island, SC., its recovery location. The bullet has a tan-brown patina and measures approximately .453 inches in diameter, .739 inches in length and weighs 233.1 grains. Similar examples of this bullet can be found in Mac Mason's "Civil War Projectiles II Small Arms & Field Artillery with Supplement" he co-authored with W. Reid McKee, on page 58, item 492 and also in "Round Ball to Rimfire, Part Three" by Dean Thomas, on page 107, item 844, and finally in "A Handbook of Civil War Bullets and Cartridges" by James E. Thomas and Dean S. Thomas, page 2, item 9. See additional images in this listing for scans of these pages. This army Colt revolver bullet will be an excellent addition to any Civil War bullet or general relic collection.
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