American Civil War Cartridges

This page contains cartridges used prior to December 31, 1865.

All cartridges on this page will be listed according to their caliber.

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Updated May 22, 2019

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.69 Musket Cartridges

Y1047     .69 Mexican Rifle Musket Cartridge, .69 French Triangle Cavity Cartridge

Description: Here is a very scarce cartridge and is the actual example photographed in Hoyem's reference book. This is a French .69 triangle cavity bullet wrapped in a gray-green paper. These were originally thought to be Mexican musket cartridges but are indeed French. France was involved with Mexico during the 1860's so it is no surprise to find the bullets throughout Southern Civil War sites.

Measures:    OAL 2.419"  D .710

Reference: Hoyem Vol. 1 Pg. 36 (Actual Example Photographed)

Price: $750.00

Y767     .69 Buck n' Ball Paper Cartridge

Description: Excellent .69 Buck n' Ball cartridge with darker string. This one is very nice without any damage. It would look great sitting next to your M42 musket!

Measures:    OAL 2.390"

Price: $250.00

Y766     .69 Buck n' Ball Paper Cartridge

Description: Excellent .69 Buck n' Ball cartridge. This one is very nice without any damage. It would look great sitting next to your M42 musket!

Measures:    OAL 2.300"

Price: $250.00 Sale Pending!

Y631     .69 Buck n' Ball Paper Cartridge

Description: Here is another nice .69 Buck n' Ball cartridge. This cartridge contained 1 .69 Musketball and 3 .31 Buckshot. The paper is worn over one of the ball exposing it. There is also a very small pinhole near the edge of the bottom.

Measures:    L 2.398"

Recovered: Surplus Stocks

Price: $225.00

Y832     .69 Pistol Ball / Hall Carbine Cartridge (Red/White String)

Description: Minty cartridge without damage. These are thought to have been pistol, or Hall Carbine cartridge.

Measures:    L 1.734"

Price: $195.00

Y525     .69 Pistol Ball / Hall Carbine Cartridge (Red/White String)

Description:  Excellent cartridge without damage. The only issue on this one is the writing. Someone wrote ".69 Ball Pistol" on the side in ink. These are thought to have been pistol, or Hall Carbine cartridge.

Measures:    L 1.775"

Recovered: Surplus Stocks

Price: $150.00

Y1095     .69 Buck n' Ball Paper Cartridge

Description: This one has some issues. There are a few holes here and there which are leaking a little powder. The tail end was unfolded at some point and the string is not original. This one is priced accordingly.

Measures:    OAL 2.5"

Price: $75.00

   

.577 / .58 Rifled Musket Cartridges, etc.

Y1271     Complete Pack of 10 .58 Paper Civil War Cartridges and Percussion Caps

Description: Nice original packet of 10 .58 paper cartridges and one packet of percussion caps. The interesting thing about this packet is the x-ray. It shows that 8 or 9 of the cartridges were manufactured with the .58 William Regulation three-groove bullet.

Measures:    2.75" x 2.73" x 1.15"

Price: $850.00

Y1268     Packet of 10 .577 P-53 Enfield Cartridges Produced by Eley Bros. of London in 1862

Description: Here is a very nice unopened packet of 10 P-53 Enfield Cartridges produced by Eley of London. These were imported by both sides during the war. The outer label reads, "1862 / RIFLE MUSKET / 53 / BULLET .55 DIAR / WAX - / POWDER 2 1/2 DRS / WOOD PLUG." This is an excellent packet with very little wear.

Measures:    2.305" x 1.674" x 1.142"

Reference: Malloy, Thomas, and White Pg. 98 Figure 297

Price: $1,200.00

Y1267     Original Packet of 10 .58 Paper Cartridges Produced at the St. Louis Arsenal in 1864

Description: Here is a very nice packet of 10 .58 cartridges and percussion caps in the original paper packet. The label reads, "RIFLE, MUSKET & RIFLE, 58. / 65 GRAINS M. POWDER / ST. LOUIS ARSENAL. / 1864.." This example has some light soiling throughout. It was purchased by the previous collector directly from the author Terry White in June of 1987!  This packet comes with an x-ray of the contents.

Measures:    2.75" x 2.73" x 1.11"

Reference: Malloy, Thomas, and White Pg. 71 Figure 228

Price: $1,200.00

Y1265     .577 P-53 Enfield Cartridge Produced by E. & A. Ludlow of Birmingham England

Description: Here is an excellent example of an imported P-53 Enfield cartridge. These were imported through the blockade and into the South. This example still has the green band that reads, " E. & A. LUDLOW / BIRMINGHAM." There is still a little tallow on the end with the bullet. E. & A. Ludlow produced large quantities of cartridges which is evidenced by excavated bullets with cavity markings of L, L1, and L2.

Measures:    OAL 2.934"

Reference: RBTRF Vol. 4 No. 464-465

Price: $225.00

Y1264     .577 P-53 Enfield Cartridge Produced by E. & A. Ludlow of Birmingham England

Description: Here is an excellent example of an imported P-53 Enfield cartridge. These were imported through the blockade and into the South. This example still has the green band that reads, " E. & A. LUDLOW / BIRMINGHAM." There is still a little tallow on the end with the bullet. E. & A. Ludlow produced large quantities of cartridges which is evidenced by excavated bullets with cavity markings of L, L1, and L2.

Measures:    OAL 2.934"

Reference: RBTRF Vol. 4 No. 464-465

Price: $225.00

Z2272     Original Civil War Ammo Crate for 1000 .58 Rifled Musket Cartridges

Description: Here is an excellent dovetailed ammo crate. The interior is fairly clean, the bottom is clean. It retains its original green paint and white letters. Both handles are firmly attached. There is a large stenciled "K" on both sides of the crate. This one is missing the lid which is common on these old crates.

Measures: 16" x 11 3/4" x 7"

Recovered: Non Excavated

Price: $1,495.00

Y651     Original Complete Pack of 10 .58 Paper Civil War Cartridges and Percussion Caps

Description: Very nice original packet of 10 .58 paper cartridges for the Springfield musket. This packet is in very nice condition without any rips, tears, or holes. Inside of the paper packet are 10 .58 cartridges along with a packet of percussion caps. Just as issued. This would make an excellent display piece for any ammo or gun collection.

Measures:    3" x 3"

Recovered: Surplus Stocks

Price: $875.00

Y584     Original Complete Pack of 10 .58 Paper Civil War Cartridges and Percussion Caps

Description: Very nice original packet of 10 .58 paper cartridges for the Springfield musket. This packet is in very nice condition without any rips or tears. Inside of the paper packet are 10 .58 cartridges along with a packet of percussion caps. Just as issued. This would make an excellent display piece for any ammo or gun collection.

Measures: 3" x 3"

Price: $875.00

Y1074     .58 Tinned Morse Cartridge (Type1)

Description: Here is a very nice type 1 Morse cartridge. These are thought to have been manufactured at the Frankford Arsenal starting in 1860. This one still has the rubber gasket in the base. As you can see, this example still has the majority of the tin plating.

Measures:    OAL 2.243"  CL 1.513"

Reference: Hoyem Vol. II pg. 16

Price: $875.00

Y763     .58 Short Mountain Gatling  Rimfire Cartridge

Description: Nice cartridge. Bullet is slightly offset.

Measures:    OAL 1.824"  CL .966"

Price: $250.00

Y701     .58 Paper Cartridge for the .58 Springfield Musket (Salmon Paper)

Description: Here is a scarce variant that you don't see everyday. This is a typical .58 three groove bullet wrapped in a Salmon colored paper. This is very similar to the Type II William's Cleaner Cartridge in color. The actual paper is not as bright as the picture shows.

Measures:    L 2.52"

Reference: Unlisted

Recovered: Non Excavated

Price: $195.00

Y521     .58 Type III William's Cleaner Cartridge

Description: Excellent .58 Type III cleaner cartridge. This one has blue spotted paper.

Measures:    L 2.5"

Recovered: Surplus Stocks

Price: $175.00

Y520     .58 Type III William's Cleaner Cartridge

Description:  Nice .58 Type III cleaner out of an original pack of ammo. This one has a few light spots on the dyed paper and a very slight crack on the nose.

Measures:    L  2.6"

Recovered: Surplus Stocks

Price: $150.00

Y519     .58 Type III William's Cleaner Cartridge

Description: Minty type III cleaner cartridge. This one has a spotted blue cartridge. Fresh out of an original pack.

Measures:    L 2.6"

Recovered: Surplus Stocks

Price: $175.00

Y509     .58 Paper Cartridge for the .58 Springfield Musket

Description: Excellent cartridge right out of an original pack!

Measures:    2.391"

Recovered: Surplus Stocks

Price: $110.00 Sale Pending!

Y1042     Excavated .58 Johnston & Dow Waterproof Cartridge

Description: Nice .58 Johnston & Dow cartridge from the American Civil War. These cartridges were coated to waterproof them.  As you can see, the waterproof coating worked as this example was dug from the ground over 100 years after the American Civil War. This excavated example has a small crack on the side and a small repair to the base.

Measures:    OAL 1.800"

Recovered: Unknown

Price: $40.00

Y506     Excavated .58 Johnston & Dow Waterproof Cartridge

Description: Nice .58 Johnston & Dow cartridge from the American Civil War. These cartridges were coated to waterproof them. This example was recovered from the Cold Harbor battlefield. As you can see, the waterproof coating worked as these were dug from the ground over 100 years after the American Civil War. This cartridge has no cracks on the base.

Measures:    L 1.948"

Recovered: Cold Harbor, VA

Price: $65.00

Y505     Excavated .58 Johnston & Dow Waterproof Cartridge

Description: Nice .58 Johnston & Dow cartridge from the American Civil War. These cartridges were coated to waterproof them. This example was recovered from the Cold Harbor battlefield. As you can see, the waterproof coating worked as these were dug from the ground over 100 years after the American Civil War. This cartridge has no cracks.

Measures:    L 1.996"

Recovered: Cold Harbor, VA.

Price: $65.00

Y690     .577 Enfield Cartridge (English Manufacture/Green Band)

Description: Here is a minty English manufactured Enfield cartridge with the green band around the top. You can clearly see the tallow on the bullet end with the cut down the side which was done during manufacturing.

Measures:    L 3.093"

Reference: RBTRF Vol. 4. No. 462

Recovered: Non Excavated

Price: $250.00

Y444     English Manufactured .577 Enfield Cartridge for the P-1853 Rifle

Description: Here is a nice cartridge for the P-1853 Rifle.  This cartridge retains the powder charge and the bullet is at the base. This one contains a .577 Enfield bullet with a boxwood plug. There is a slice on the bottom of the cartridge which was done intentionally at the arsenal. This cartridge has a slight crack in the paper where the bullet meets the powder charge but is still quite sturdy. The crack has cause the wrapped paper to come loose which is easily fixable.

Measures:    L 3.112"

Recovered: Non Dug

Price: $135.00

Y1220     .58 Joslyn Carbine Rimfire Cartridge

Description: Nice cartridge with a little verdigris on one side that could be easily cleaned off if desired.

Measures:    OAL 1.244"  CL .748

Reference: Barber Pg. 102

Price: $95.00 Sale Pending!

.56 Rifled Musket or Carbine Cartridges

Y1213     32-Bore Sharps Rifle Cartridge Patented by Gomez & Mills

Description: Here is a broken Gomez & Mills patented Sharps Cartridge. This one is .56 and this style was patented on August 24, 1858. This one is in two pieces and the powder is leaky. It will be shipped in two separate tubes. The base has hardened with age and this would be a decent example to reconstruct. These cartridges are quite scarce.

Measures:    OAL 2.3" originally

Reference: RBTRF Vol. 2 No. 556

Price: $225.00

   

.54 Rifled Musket or Carbine Cartridges

Y1270     Packet of 10 .54 Starr Carbine Cartridges Produced at the St. Louis Arsenal

Description: Excellent packet with some wear on the top. There is one tear to the side. These are linen cartridges and would have a blue base. This packet was purchased from Terry White in April of 1994 by the previous collector.

Measures:    2.954" 2.363" x 1.146"

Reference: Malloy, Thomas, and White Pg. 70 Figure 227

Price: $950.00

Y1073     .54 Tinned Morse Cartridge (Type 1)

Description: Here is another rare Morse cartridge. This is a cast bronze case that has been plated. This is the .54 style with the rubber gasket firmly holding the percussion cap on.

Measures:    OAL 1.911"  CL 1.435"

Reference: Hoyem Vol. II pg. 16

Price: $795.00

Y1221     Patented .54 Hunt and Jennings Self Propelled "Rocket Ball" Cartridge (Patent#5,701 / August 10, 1848)

Description: Here is a hard to find cartridge. The base on this example is not swollen that badly. As you can see, this one is excellent condition and still retains a readable "PATENT 1848" on the side. This cartridge was patented by Walter Hunt in 1848. The powder is encapsulated behind the cork on the base.  This is the longer variant. It appears the cork was replaced at some point. If the cork wasn't replaced on this example it would be a $450.00-$500.00 cartridge.

Measures:    D .551" L 1.016"

Reference: RBTRF Vol. 3 No. 1045/1046

Price: $295.00

Y1205     Patented  Short Variant .54 Hunt and Jennings Self Propelled "Rocket Ball" Cartridge (Patent#5,701 / August 10, 1848)

Description: Here is a minty and hard to find cartridge. Normally the bases on these are swollen. As you can see, this one is excellent condition. This cartridge was patented by Walter Hunt in 1848. The powder is encapsulated behind the cork on the base.  This variant doesn't have the patent date on the side and this is the shortest variant produced.

Measures:    D .557"  L .846"

Reference: RBTRF Vol. 3 No. 1045

Price: $325.00 Sale Pending!

Y1257     Patented  Medium Size Variant .54 Hunt and Jennings Self Propelled "Rocket Ball" Cartridge (Patent#5,701 / August 10, 1848)

Description: Here is a minty and hard to find cartridge. Normally the bases on these are swollen. As you can see, this one is excellent condition. This cartridge was patented by Walter Hunt in 1848. The powder is encapsulated behind the cork on the base.  This variant doesn't have the patent date on the side and this is the medium variant produced out of the three sizes.

Measures:    D .553"  L .911"

Reference: RBTRF Vol. 3 No. 1045/1046

Price: $350.00 Sale Pending!

Y1068     Patented .54 Hunt and Jennings Self Propelled "Rocket Ball" Cartridge (Patent#5,701 / August 10, 1848)

Description: Here is a minty and hard to find cartridge. Normally the bases on these are swollen. As you can see, this one is excellent condition. This cartridge was patented by Walter Hunt in 1848. The powder is encapsulated behind the cork on the base.  This variant doesn't have the patent date on the side and there are a few different length varieties that were produced.

Measures:    D .557"  L .972"

Reference: RBTRF Vol. 3 No. 1045/1046

Price: $395.00 Sale Pending!

Y712     Patented .54 Hunt and Jennings Self Propelled Cartridge

Description: Here is a very scarce .54 Hunt and Jennings Rocket Ball Cartridge. This was patented by Walter Hunt in 1848. The powder is encapsulated behind the cork on the base. You can clearly see that the cork/interior of the bullet has swollen around the bottom section and been glued back in. This variant doesn't have the patent date on the side and there are a few different length varieties that were produced. This one is a little rougher than the last one we sold and is priced accordingly.

Measures:    D   L   C

Reference: RBTRF Vol. 3 No. 1045/1046

Recovered: Non Excavated

Price: $150.00

Y925     Federal .54 Merrill Carbine Paper Cartridge

Description: Here is an excellent original cartridge produced for the .54 Merrill Carbine.

Measures:    L 1.73"

Reference: TT#91

Price: $195.00

Y1219     .54 Starr Carbine Linen Cartridge (Empty)

Description: Decent .54 Starr carbine cartridge. This example is missing the powder and the paper base. This would make an excellent display piece. The linen and bullet are solid.

Measures:    OAL 1.992"

Reference: RBTRF Vol. 2 No. 581-582

Price: $75.00

Y927     .54 Linen Cartridge for the Starr Carbine by Johnston & Dow

Description: Here is a complete .54 Starr Carbine cartridge made of linen. This one was produced by Johnston & Dow.

Measures:    L 1.960"

Reference: TT#94

Price: $175.00

Y653     .54 Linen Cartridge for the Starr Carbine (St. Louis Arsenal)

Description: Here is a very nice cartridge for the .54 Starr Carbine. The cartridge is intact and has the blue paper on the base attributing this one to the St. Louis Arsenal. The base is slightly pushed in on one side toward the bottom.

Measures:    L 2.033"

Reference: TT#94

Recovered: Surplus Stocks

Price: $175.00

Y681     .54 Linen Cartridge for the Starr Carbine by Johnston & Dow

Description: Here is a complete .54 Starr Carbine cartridge made of linen. This one was produced by Johnston & Dow. There is a slight crack on the base which could be repaired if desired.

Measures:    L 1.952"

Reference: TT#94

Recovered: Surplus Stocks

Price: $125.00

Y621     .54 Burnside Cartridges

Description: Here is a grouping of .54 Burnside cartridges that came out of an original packet. These are just as found, missing the paper packet.

Measures:    L 2.37"

Reference: TT#89

Recovered: Surplus Stocks

Price: $75.00 Each

Y620     .54 Burnside Carbine Cartridge

Description: Here is a lot of two .54 Burnside carbine cartridges. Both of these have large dents to the body and cracked necks

Price: $80.00 for both

 

.52 Cartridges

 

Y1249      .56/56 Spencer Carbine/Rifle Cartridge (Civil War Era)

Description: Excellent cartridge for the Spender carbine produced by Crittenden & Tibbals.

Measures:    OAL 1.680"  CL .931"

Price: $35.00

Y1247     .52 Sharps & Hankins Rimfire Cartridge (Old Model)

Description: Here is a scarce .52 Sharps & Hankins known as the old or early model cartridge. This style of bullet has a flat base compared to the later protruding pin base. There is a small crack in the neck of this cartridge.

Measures:    OAL 1.687"  CL 1.203"

Reference: RBTRF Vol. 2 No. 628

Price: $195.00 Sale Pending!

Y1254     Confederate .52 Sharps Cartridge (2nd Pattern) Produced at the Richmond Laboratory

Description: Here is a scarce Confederate .52 Sharps carbine cartridge produced at the Richmond Laboratory. This is the wider 2nd pattern. The paper is tight and original with powder stainss. There is one repair to the base and one small repair to the side wall of the cartridge as seen in picture three. This cartridge was purchased from the author Terry White in April of 1988.

Measures:    2.248"

Reference: RBTRF Vol. 4. No. 214

Price: $450.00

Y1253     Empty Box for 10 .52 Sharps Rifle Cartridges and 12 Caps

Description: Here is a very nice original two-piece box for 10 cartridges and 12 caps produced by the Sharps' Rifle Manufacturing Co. of Hartford, Connecticut. This box is very nice considering its age. They top is very nice and clear and the box has very light soiling. The label reads, "10 CARTRIDGES, / 12 CAPS, / FOR SHARPS' IMPROVED RIFLE. / 52/100 CALIBRE. / A SUPERIOR QUALITY OF POWDER IS USED, MADE MY A. G. FAY, POTTER & TOLMAN, BOSTON, MASS. / ADDRESS / SHARPS' RIFLE MANUFACTURING CO., / HARTFORD, CT.." The seams were cut on three sides of the box with the back still intact. The tope right corner seam on this example is split. All other corners are intact. This packet was purchased directly from the author Terry White in April of 1994 by the previous collector.

Measures:    2.957" x 2.265" x 1.134"

Reference: Malloy, Thomas, and White Pg. 48 Figure 188

Price: $250.00

Y1202     .56/56 Spencer Carbine/Rifle Cartridge (Civil War Era)

Description: Here is an excellent example of a Civil War era Spencer cartridge. This is the typical type, excavated in the Eastern and Western Theaters.

Measures:    OAL 1.651"  CL .897"

Reference: TT#87

Price: $35.00

Y1210     Scarce .52 Sharps Carbine Cartridge (Paper with Blue Paper on Base)

Description: Here is a scarce cartridge for the .52 carbine that is rarely encountered. This style of cartridge was commercially manufactured for sporting use. The main body is made of paper with a dark blue paper covering over the base. This is a solid example that has been shellacked for preservation. There appears to be a minor repair to the base. 

Measures:    OAL 1.905"

Reference: RBTRF Vol. 2 No. 510, Hoyem Vol. 2 Pg. 60

Price: $225.00

Y1091    US/CS .52 Sharps Tie-Ring Cartridge

Description: Scarce intact .52 Sharps carbine cartridge. This carbine was heavily used by both sides. This is a solid cartridge missing the tie string.

Measures:    OAL 1.651"

Price: $295.00

Y1196     .52 Cartridge for the Second Model Sharps & Hankins

Description: Nice cartridge for the 2nd Model Sharps & Hankins. This bullet has a post on the bottom wrapped with the Elliot's linen patch.

Measures:    OAL 1.760  CL 1.167

Reference: TT#124

Price: $165.00 Sale Pending!

   

.50 Cartridges

Y1250     .50 Crispin Metallic Cartridge (Long Variant)

Description: Here is a very nice .50 Crispin. These were patented by Silas Crispin on August 8th of 1865. The protruding rim on this cartridge contained the fulminate. This one has several excellent crimp marks.

Measures:    OAL 1.970"  CL 1.472"

Reference: RBTRF Vol. 3 No. 1105

Price: $595.00 SOLD

Y1263     Full Packet of Poultney's Metallic Cartridges for Smith's Breech-Loading Carbine

Description: Here is a very nice packet of 10 cartridges and 12 caps for the Smith breech-loading carbine. This box exhibits light soiling and there is a blue stain on the bottom. The sides and bottom still show a considerable amount of lacquer finish. The pull string is intact but the tip has been cut off on the edge of the box. The label reads, "10 / POULTNEY'S PATENT METALLIC / CARTRIDGES, / PATENTED DEC. 15TH, 1863 12 CAPS / FOR / SMITH'S BREECH LOADING / CARBINE. / NO. 1. 10-100 CALIBER. / ADDRESS, POULTNEY & TRIMBLE, BALTIMORE, MD." These cartridges were produced by B.C. English as well as Poultney.

Measures:   3.33" x 2.14" x 1.39"

Reference: Malloy, Thomas, and White Pg. 57 Figure 208

Price: $950.00

Y616     Very Rare Confederate .50 Morse Carbine Cartridge

Description: Here is a very scarce .50 cartridge produced by George W. Morse in South Carolina.

Measures:    L 2.145"

Reference: RBTRF Vol. 4 No. 193

Recovered: Non Excavated

Price: $1,395.00

Y1206     Frankford Arsenal .50-50-500 Experimental Cartridge

Description: Here is a minty .50-50-500 cartridge. These were originally thought to be produced at the Frankford Arsenal during their trials in the mid 1860's. Dean Thomas has it listed as being manufactured at the Springfield Armory in 1864-1865. This one has excellent "chatter" on the base.

Measures:    OAL 1.949"  CL 1.137"

Reference: RBTRF Vol. 2 No. 694, Hoyem Vol. 2 Pg. 165

Price: $350.00

Y1218     Maynard .50-50 Foil & Paper Cartridge (Poultney's Patent)

Description: Here is a decent cartridge produced by Thomas Poultney of Baltimore Maryland. The patent was actually held by Thomas Rodman and Silas Crispin. It was assigned to Thomas Poultney for the manufacturing of these cartridges. The specific patent number is 40,988, dated December 15, 1863. This cartridge is known to collectors as the foil and paper cartridge. The wall of the cartridge is made of very thin sheet metal and is covered in paper. The idea behind this cartridge was to allow the casing to expand when firing in order to create a gas check. This cartridge is slightly soiled and has a few small dents on the body which is common due to the materials used during the manufacturing process.

Measures:    OAL 1.637"  CL 1.203"

Reference: The Cartridges of Edward Maynard by King & King Pg. 21

Price: $95.00 Sale Pending!

Y660     .50 Maynard Cartridge

Description: Very nice non excavated cartridge for the .50 Maynard Carbine. This one is in very nice shape. There is a mark on the nose as you can see in picture two. These marks are quite common and occurred from the way in which the cartridges were stacked in their paper wrapped packets of 10.

Measures:    L 1.760"

Reference: TT#

Recovered: Non Excavated

Price: $45.00

Y854     Full Box of .50 Gallager Carbine Cartridges (Paper & Foil) Manufactured by B.C. English of Springfield Massachusetts

Description: Here is a full box of 10 .50 Gallager Carbine cartridges and a packet of 12 percussion caps. This packet was produced by B.C. English of Springfield, Mass. who operated from 1863-1865. This particular box is scarce due to the fact that Gallager is misspelled "Gallagher." Dean Thomas notes that this particular box style is thought to have been from the initial order placed by Schuyler, Hartley, and Graham of New York. You will see a lot of these boxes with the patent date but very few of this particular style exist today.

Measures Approximately 3" x 2.5" x 1.25"

Reference: RBTRF Vol. 2 No. 426

Price: $595.00

Y752    Empty Box for 10 .50 Gallager Carbine Cartridges (B.C. English / Thomas Poultney)

Description: Here is an empty box that originally contained 10 cartridges and one packet of twelve percussion caps. This pasteboard box was manufactured by B.C. English who manufactured ammunition assigned to Thomas Poultney. This box would have originally contained 10 paper and foil cartridges for the Gallager carbine. This box is fully intact but the two seams towards the back are split. This would look great sitting next to your Gallager carbine.

Recovered: Non Excavated

Price: $75.00

Y561     .50 Gallager Carbine Cartridge (Drawn Brass)

Description: Very nice cartridge with tarnish.

Measures:    L 2.026"

Reference: TT#76A

Recovered: City Point, Richmond

Price: $65.00

Y686     Paper & Foil .50 Gallager Cartridge by Poultney

Description: Civil War cartridge where the paper is torn on one side. Priced accordingly.

Reference: TT#74B

Recovered: Surplus Stocks

Price: $30.00

Y685     Paper & Foil .50 Gallager Cartridge by Poultney

Description: Nice complete cartridge with a few small dents which is common on these foil cartridges.

Reference: TT#74B

Recovered: Surplus Stocks

Price: $65.00

Y1075     .50 Gallager Carbine Cartridge (Poultney's Patent #40,988 / December 15, 1863 / Paper & Foil)

Description: Nice cartridge still retaining it's shape. The projectile in these cartridges is a .50 Smith pattern for use in the Gallager carbine.

Measures:    OAL 2.082"

Reference: TT#74B

Price: $65.00

Y1072     .50 Smith Carbine Cartridge (Vulcanized India-Rubber / Patent# 17,702 / June 30, 1857)

Description: Here is an excellent example of a .50 rubber Smith Carbine cartridge. This employs a bullet with two raised bands and the cartridge is slightly swollen around the bottom band due to shrinkage.

Measures:    CL 1.578"  OAL 2.157"

Reference: TT#72

Price: $350.00

Y1067     .50 Smith Carbine Cartridge (Poultney's Patent #40,988 / December 15, 1863 / Paper & Foil)

Description: Excellent cartridge for the .50 Smith carbine. This style has a brass foil cartridge covered in paper and the folded flaps on the bottom. This one has been lightly lacquered.

Measures:    OAL 1.819"

Reference: TT#74A

Price: $125.00

Y1066     .50 Smith Carbine Cartridge (Poultney's Patent #40,988 / December 15, 1863 / Paper & Foil)

Description: Excellent cartridge for the .50 Smith carbine. This style has a brass foil cartridge covered in paper.

Measures:    OAL 1.778"

Reference: TT#74A

Price: $125.00

   
   
   
   
   

.442

Y1211     .442 / .447 Westley Richards "Monkey Tail" Cartridge

Description: Excellent cartridge in great shape. This cartridge still retains its outer paper wrapper and pull string. These were used with the British "Monkey Tail" rifles that were originally patented in 1858.

Measures:    OAL 2.822"

Reference: Hoyem Pg. 74 with outer wrapper

Price: $250.00

   
   
   

.45 Teatfire Cartridges

Y1255     .45 Williamson Patent "Teatfire" Cartridge for Use in the Moore Revolver (Known as the No. 45)

Description: This is the scarce large .45 teatfire cartridge produced under David Williamson's patent No. 41,183 of January 5, 1864. This example has four production tick marks on the shoulder near the teat. These were produced for the .45 National Revolver produced by Moore's Patent Fire Arms Company of Brooklyn, New York.

Measures:    OAL 1.515"

Reference: RBTRF Vol. 3 No. 997

Price: $325.00 SOLD

.44 Revolver / Rifle / Carbine Cartridges

Y1266     Empty Packet for Six .44 Colt Army Revolver Cartridges Manufactured by the Watervliet Arsenal 1864

Description: Here is a scarce packet that is rarely encountered on the market. This is a pasteboard box that originally contained six cartridges with seven percussion caps. This packet was opened on the sides and the two side flaps have been glued. The label reads, "SIX CARTRIDGES / FOR / COLT'S ARMY REVOLVER, / CAL. 44. / WITH 7 PERCUSSION CAPS. / WATERVLIET ARSENAL. / 1864." These pasteboard packets are extremely scarce due to the materials used to produce the packet.

Measures:    2.812" x 1.532" x 0532"

Reference: Malloy, Thomas, and White Pg. 73 Figure 233

Price: $295.00

Y692     Excavated .44 Ballard Rifle Cartridge (Published Example)

Description: Nice excavated example. This is the exact one published in Dean Thomas's Round Ball to Rimfire Vol. II on page 279.

Measures:    L 1.59

Reference: RBTRF Vol. 2 No. 593

Recovered: Unknown

Price: $60.00

Y1194     .42 Wesson Self-Contained Rimfire Cartridge by Crittenden & Tibbals

Description: Nice cartridge and the last one I have in stock! This cartridge is also known as the No. 44.

Measures:    OAL 1.507  CL .956

Reference: TT#62

Price: $65.00

Y1086     .42 Ballard Rimfire Cartridge by Crittenden & Tibbals

Description: Excellent example manufactured by Crittenden & Tibbals. Marked with white marker on the side. This cartridge is also known as the No. 44.

Measures:    OAL 1.527"   CL .960"

Reference: RBTRF Vol. 2 No. 591-592

Price: $75.00

Y1223     .44 "Pressed Waterproof" Colt Army Cartridge (Hazzard Powder Company)

Description: Here is an excellent .44 cartridge by Hazzard Powder Company. These are normally cracked beyond belief or the powder casing has completely separated from the bullet.

Measures:    OAL 1.265"

Reference: RBTRF Vol. 3 No. 832

Price: $195.00

Y1224     .44 "Pressed Waterproof" Colt Army Cartridge (Hazzard Powder Company)

Description: Decent cartridge with partial casing remaining. There is some glue around the top edge to prevent flaking.

Measures:    OAL 1.226"

Reference: RBTRF Vol. 3 No. 832

Price: $125.00

Y1088     .44 Colt Army Cartridge by the Hazzard Powder Company

Description: Nice cartridge base has been glued and lightly coated with Elmer's to preserve it.

Measures:    OAL 1.288"

Reference: RBTRF Vol. 3 No. 832

Price: $125.00

Y1212     .44 or 54 Guage M. Hayes' Patent Revolver Cartridge

Description: Nice skin cartridge still in its original outer wrapper with the pull tab and blue base. The outer casing has a few small cracks but is solid. The paper label reads, "Capt. M. Hayes', R.N. / Patent / Skin Cartridge, / Manufactured by / Broux & Moll, London." This is the larger .44 caliber cartridge that was imported during the American Civil War.

Measures:    OAL  1.179"

Reference: RBTRF Vol. 4 No. 60

Price: $150.00

Y848     54 Guage (.44) Tranter Revolver Cartridge by Eley of London (Blue Label)

Description: Nice complete cartridge with the original label on the base.

Measures:    OAL 1.200"

Reference: RBTRF Vol. 4 No 76 with outer wrapper.

Price:  $125.00

Y1050     Excavated .44 Henry Rifle Cartridge (Headstamped "H")

Description: This cartridge is in excavated condition. It does have the "H" headstamp which was originally the headstamp of the New Haven Arms Company. This one has a hairline crack but is stable.

Measures:    OAL 1.340"  CL .822"

Reference: TT#60

Recovered: Goldsboro, North Carolina

Price: $35.00

Y1085      .44 Allen Lipfire Cartridge by Allen & Wheelock for the Army Revolver

Description: Here is a very nice cartridge for the Army revolver by Allen & Wheelock.

Measures:    OAL 1.513"  CL .852"

Reference: RBTRF Vol. 3 No. 972

Price: 75.00

Z1656     Confederate Ammo Packet for Six .44 Colt Army Cartridges (Richmond Laboratory)

Description: Here is an original wooden ammunition pack produced at the Richmond Laboratory for the Confederacy. The original wooden block contains only a piece of the original label. The entire label would have read, "6 Cartridges / Colt's Army Pistol / C.S. Laboratory, Richmond, Va.." One end of the block is missing showing the opening for the cartridge. This block comes with two original .44 Colt cartridge remnants.

Recovered: Non Excavated

Reference: Percussion Ammunition Packets by Malloy,Thomas,White Pg. 87

Price: $395.00

Y737     .36 Paper Cartridge for Colt Revolver

Description: Nice cartridge with a few very minor cracks around the base of the bullet. The cartridge is sturdy and stable. There is some lacquer spots on the cartridge and the base is coated with lacquer.

Measures:    L 1.170"

Reference: TT#28B

Recovered: Non Excavated

Price: $85.00

Y735     .36 Paper Cartridge for Colt Revolver

Description: Nice little cartridge produced by Colt Cartridge Works. This one has a small crack on the side that has been repaired and stabilized.

Measures:    L 1.173"

Reference: TT#28

Recovered: Non Excavated

Price: $65.00

Y644     Original .44 D.C. Sage Seamless Skin Cartridge in Wooden Block Remnant

Description: Here is a nice combination. This group includes an original .44 seamless skin cartridge produced by D.C. Sage of Middletown, Connecticut. The cartridge and bullet are still held together but the powder is missing. When issued, 6 of these cartridges would have been packaged into a wooden block. This one still retains a portion of the wooden block and label. This particular label was manufactured for W.J. Syms & Bro. of 300 Broadway, New York.

Measures:    L 1.767"

Recovered: Surplus Stocks

Price: $80.00

 

.36 Revolver Cartridges

Y1262     Excellent Unopened Packet of Six Seamless Skin Cartridges by D.C. Sage & Co. (Julius Hotchkiss' Patent, Feb. 11th, 1862)

Description: Here is an excellent packet of 6 .36 seamless skin cartridges for Colt belt revolvers manufactured by D.C. Sage & Co. of Middletown, Connecticut. This example has very light soiling and the pull string is intact. The desirable 1862 patent information is on the bottom of the packet. This piece is constructed of a wooden block wrapped in paper. The label reads, "SIX SEAMLESS SKIN / CARTRIDGES, / FOR COLT'S / BELT REVOLVERS, OF 36/100 CALIBER, IMPERVIOUS TO DAMPNESS / MANUFACTURED BY / D.C SAGE & CO. / MIDDLETOWN, CONN, USA / JULIUS HOTCHKISS' PATENT, FEB. 11TH, 1862. This piece was purchased from Jack Lewis in October of 1987.

Measures:    2.746" x 1.532" x .477"

Reference: Malloy, Thomas, and White. Pg. 38 Figure 145

Price: $550.00

Y1217     Partial Packet of Two .36 Seamless Skin Cartridges by D.C. Sage & Co. Middletown, Connecticut.

Description: Here is a portion of an original packet of .36 seamless skin cartridges. Originally, the entire wooden block would have contained 6 cartridges. There are only two left in this piece. These were manufactured under Hotchkiss' Patent of February 11, 1862.

Measures:    1.25" x 1.5"

Reference: Malloy, Thomas, White Pg. 39 Fig. 155

Price: $150.00

Y1089     .36 Colt Navy by the Hazzard Powder Company

Description: Nice example with cracks as usual. the case has been lightly coated in Elmer's to prevent further cracking.

Measures:    OAL 1.204"

Reference: RBTRF Vol. 3 No. 837

Price: $125.00

Z1908     Full & Sealed Packet for Six Seamless Skin Cartridge by D. C. Sage of Middletown, Conn.

Description: Here is a nice full and sealed packet of six .36 seamless skin cartridges for the Whitney Navy pistol. This has the Hotchkiss patent of February 11, 1862 on the face and was manufactured by D. C. Sage of Middletown, Conn. While this packet is full and original, it was coated with lacquer many years ago as it was common practice. The lacquer could be removed if desired but it is well protected and somewhat glossy.

Measures: 1.5" x 2.75" x .5"

Price: $425.00

Y913     Rare .36 Patent Revolver Cartridge for the Howe Patent Revolver (.36 Geraghty)

Description: Here is a very rare cartridge for the Howe Patent revolver. Some call this a .36 Geraghty cartridge. The fulminate is located in the pin on the base. This style of cartridge is very similar to the W.W. Marston cartridge.

Measures:    D .379"  OAL 1.338"

Price: $1,500.00 SOLD

Y738     Scarce .36 Bartholow Combustible Paper Cartridge 

Description:  Here is one you don't see everyday. This is the smaller .36 cartridge by Bartholow. The bullet has a small punch hole in the base which differentiates it from your typical .36 Colt Navy. This is the first one of these that I have been able to get my hands on for years. We do have individual bullets for this cartridge available as well if you would like an example.

Measures:    L 1.313""

Reference: RBTRF Vol. 3 No. 773-775

Recovered: Non Excavated

Price: $150.00

Y676     Opened Original Packet for 6 .36 Revolving Belt Pistol Cartridges, Colt's Cartridge Works.

Description: Here is an original packet for .36 Colt ammunition made at the Colt's Cartridge Works in Hartford, Connecticut. Unfortunately, this piece was heavily lacquered at one time, and some of the lacquer has been removed. If you don't want to pay the price for a full pack this one is for you. It would display nicely next to your gun with a couple of cartridges.

Recovered: Non Excavated

Reference: Malloy, Thomas, and White Pg. 12

Price: $175.00

Y571     .36 Richmond Laboratory 1st Pattern Combustible Cartridge with Untreated Casing (Published Example)

Description: Nice cartridge that is scarce to find. This is the rarer 1st pattern cartridge and is the exact one published in Dean's book. The cartridge is crinkled and intact. This one has Dean's catalogue number on it. This is out of an original packet and was originally owned by Berkley Lewis, then to Tillinghast, and then Dean Thomas.

Measures:    L 1.05"

Reference: RBTRF Vol. 4 No. 11

Recovered: Non Excavated

Price: $275.00

Y565     84 Gauge Revolver Cartridge by Eley of London

Description: Nice cartridge with a small repair. The pull tab is still in place.

Measures:    L 1.350"

Reference: RBTRF Vol. 4 No. 51

Recovered: Non Excavated

Price: $65.00

Y432     84 Gauge Revolver Cartridge by Eley

Description: Excellent example of a hard to find cartridge. This one still has the outer wrapper, orange label, and perfect pull string. There would be a skin cartridge inside of this wrapper.

Measures:    D .416  L 1.530"

Reference: RBTRF Vol. 4 No. 51

Recovered: Non Excavated

Price: $165.00

Y1197     .36 Allen Lip Fire Cartridge for the Allen & Wheelock Revolver

Description: Here is a nice cartridge patented by Ethan Allen on September 25, 1860. These were produced for the Allen & Wheelock revolvers and came in four different sizes. This is the second to largest version. The small lip on the bottom contains the fulminate to ignite the cartridge.

Measures:    L 1.257"

Reference: RBTRF Vol. 3 Pg. 176 No. 970

Price: $40.00

   

.32 Cartridges

Y1244     Early Sectioned .32 Smith & Wesson Patent Long Rimfire Cartridge

Description: Professionally sectioned cartridge showing the felt wad/disc with the open center. The head is slightly indented on this example. Suydam states this is an attempt to prevent bulging when fired in a revolver.

Measures:    OAL  1.199"   CL .781"

Reference: Suydam Pg. 75 No. 1

Price: 35.00

Y1198     .32 Allen Lip Fire Cartridge for the Allen & Wheelock Revolver

Description: Here is a nice cartridge patented by Ethan Allen on September 25, 1860. These were produced for the Allen & Wheelock revolvers and came in four different sizes. This is the second to smallest version. The small lip on the bottom contains the fulminate to ignite the cartridge.

Measures:    L 1.172

Reference: RBTRF Vol. 3 Pg. 176 No. 969

Price: $35.00 SOLD

Y1243     Empty 1860's Box for 50 No. 2 Smith & Wesson .32-100 Rimfire Cartridges

Description: Nice box considering it's age. This one has the patent information in the upper right hand corner of April 17, 1860. This box does have overall soiling from use but is intact. The side tape seam is broken on the front and sides and still secure on the back. This would make an excellent addition to any No. 2 Smith & Wesson collection.

Measures Approximately  1" x 2" x 4"

Reference: RBTRF Vol. II No. 1044 variant

Price: $250.00

   
   

 

 

 

.31 Revolver Cartridges

   

Y1258     Minty .31 Paper Cartridge

Description: Very nice minty example with a treated paper body for the .31 pocket revolver.

Measures:    D .329"   OAL 1.175"

Price: $125.00 Sale Pending!

   

.28 Cartridges

   
   
   

.25 Cartridges

Y1199     .25 Allen Lip Fire Cartridge for the Allen & Wheelock Revolver

Description: Here is a nice cartridge patented by Ethan Allen on September 25, 1860. These were produced for the Allen & Wheelock revolvers and came in four different sizes. This is the smallest version. The small lip on the bottom contains the fulminate to ignite the cartridge.

Measures:    L .830

Reference: RBTRF Vol. 3 Pg. 176 No. 968

Price: $30.00 Each

   
   
   

Metric Cartridges

Y1275     Empty Box for 25 12 mm Pinfire Cartridges by C.D. Leet & Co. of Springfield, Massachusetts.

Description: Here is a scarce empty box that originally contained 25 12 mm pinfire cartridges produced by C.D. Leet during the American Civil War. This one does have some issues and could would make an excellent candidate for restoration. 

Measures:    3.25" x 2" x 1.5"

Reference: RBTRF Vol. 3 No. 943

Price: $150.00

Y1274     12 mm Lefaucheux Pinfire Cartridge Manufactured by C.D. Leet & Co. of Springfield, Massachusetts

Description: Here is an excellent 12 mm pinfire cartridge manufactured by C.D. Leet during the American Civil War. This one is straight out of an original packet and we have a few available. Civil War pinfire cartridges manufactured in the United States are much scarcer than those produced in Europe.

Measures:    OAL 1.316" CL .793"

Reference: RBTRF Vol. 3 No. 939

Price: $65.00

Y842     7 mm Pinfire Cartridge Manufactured by Eley of London

Description: Very nice copper cased 7 mm pinfire revolver cartridge. This one is headstamped 7 over ELEY.

Measures:    OAL  .889

Price: $25.00

Y443     12mm Pinfire Revolver Cartridge by Charles Fusnot of Brussels, Belgium

Description: Here is a very nice 12mm pinfire cartridge produced by Charles Fusnot. This one is in excellent condition and has the light headstamp of, "Fusnot*Bruxelles*." This style of pinfire cartridge is known to have been found in campsites used during the American Civil War. I have also added a picture of the box they were issued in which is not for sale. The box is marked, "Fabrique / De Balles Et Cartouches. / 25 Revolvers Cartouches Lefaucheux / de 12 milimetres." This would make a great addition to any Civil War cartridge collection.

Measures:    L 1.002"

Reference: RBTRF Vol. 4 No. 948

Recovered: Non Excavated

Price: $25.00

Y582     Complete Full Box of 12mm Pinfire Revolver Cartridges by Charles Fusnot of Brussels, Belgium

Description: Here is an excellent full box of 12mm pinfire cartridges manufactured by Charles Fusnot of Brussels. This box contains (25) 12mm pinfire cartridges packed in the original red sawdust. The printed label is still legible. The seams on the box are sturdy with some slight cracks here and there. If you own a 12mm pinfire revolver, this would definitely enhance your display.

Reference: Reference: RBTRF Vol. 4 No. 948

Price: $395.00

   

 

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