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  1. 40 - 50 year old vial of bullets collected at Malvern Hill, VA.  The label on the vial is so old, that the ink writing is quite faded.  This is out of the massive 50-year collection of Mr. Herbert Harper of Franklin, TN.--$45.

  2. Very nice condition, excavated, dropped, .69 cal., 2-ring Prussian Minie.  This rare bullet was recovered from an 1863 Ohio Infantry camp on private property here at Murfreesboro, TN.--$35.

  3. Very nice collection of 20 carved and whittled bullets, both US and CS, recovered over the last 20 years from Union and Confederate camps around Murfreesboro, Tennessee.  The collection is nicely displayed in a glass riker case.  All 20 for $125.

  4. Excellent condition, excavated, creamy white, dropped, 5-point, "Swaged Base" .58 cal. 3-ring Minie.  The swage marks in the base of the Minie are actually from the lathe chuck that held the bullet in place while the three rings were cut in rather than molded in.  This is a beautiful example.--$18.

  5. Excellent condition, excavated, .45 cal., Confederate Kerr 3-ring projectile.  This was recovered over 40 years ago by Calvin Sharp on private property near Ft. Donelson.--$55.

  6. Very nice display of chewed bullets.  These all appear to be human teeth marks rather than animals.  Stories through the ages have it that wounded soldiers would sometimes "bite down" on bullets during medical procedures.  From this came the term, "Bite the Bullet".  In reality, we most often find the chewed bullets around campsites rather than hospitals.  My suspicion is that many were chewed out of boredom rather than pain, but that is not nearly as good a story!--$35. including a glass display case.SOLD

  7. Excellent condition, excavated, .577 cal., Enfield bullet with a crisp, "57" base marking with the original boxwood plug in place in the base (and as you can see, the boxwood plug can be removed).--$25.

  8. Very nice condition, excavated, dropped, 12 mm, long pattern, French pinfire revolver cartridge.  This would be an excellent addition to your excavated Civil War projectile collection, or if you happen to have an original Civil War pinfire revolver, would display nicely with it as well.--$25.

  9. Very nice condition, excavated, dropped, .69 cal., 2-ring Prussian projectile.  This was recovered from an Ohio Infantry camp here at Murfreesboro occupied in 1863 following the Battle of Stones River.--$35.

  10. Excavated pair of dropped, .58 cal., type III, Williams Cleaner projectiles.  In over 40 years, I have never encountered this before.  One of the two Williams Cleaners has an iron plug in the base, and the other has the typical lead/zinc alloy.  I have no idea what the deal is with the iron plug having never encountered it before.--$45. for the pair.SOLD

  11. Very nice condition, excavated, .45 cal., dropped, 3-ring Kerr projectile.  This was recovered by Mr. Calvin Sharp on private property near Ft. Donelson.--$48.

  12. Beautiful condition, excavated, dropped, Confederate, 4-ring, Prussian projectile.  This bullet was recovered on private property from Wharton's 8th Texas Cavalry position at Knob Gap, Tennessee.  This is a tough bullet to find in nice condition.--$48.

  13. Very nice condition, excavated, drop, .69 cal., "High Base" triangle cavity, French Dragoon Minie.  This was recovered on private property near Shiloh, Tennessee.--$65.SOLD

  14. Pair of excavated Federal Cavalry Carbine cartridges recovered from Granny White Gap - Battle of Nashville.--$85. for the pair.

  15. Excavated set of three Enfield Towers projectiles, including a standard .577 cal. cone cavity Enfield, an excellent dropped .69 cal. plug base Towers, and by far the rarest, an excavated dropped tall pattern deep cone cavity Atlanta Arsenal Towers.  These were all recovered from Confederate Camps on private property near Corinth, MS.--$115. for all three.

  16. Group of three excavated, Confederate CS Gardner projectiles.  The group consists of a dropped excellent .54 cal. Gardner, a nice dropped .58 cal. Gardner, and a .69 cal. Gardner that has one nice display side and a damaged skirt on the reverse side.  These were recovered from General Lucius Polk's CS 1863 Brigade Camp located near Tullahoma, TN.--$75. for all three.

  17. Nice set of excavated .69 cal., triangle base, French projectiles.  One is a standard short base French, and the second is a rare, high base, French Dragoon.  The short base is perfect, and the high base has one perfect display side and a rim ding on the other.  These were recovered from a Confederate Camp on private property near Shiloh.--$75. for both.SOLD

  18. Excavated pair of dropped, .54 cal., German Suhl projectiles.  These projectiles were recovered from Wharton's 8th Texas Cavalry Camp located near Unionville, TN, occupied during the Spring of 1863.  One of the projectiles is the standard 2-ring variety, and the second is a seldom seen 3-ring variation of the same bullet.  Both are nice drops.--$45. for the pair.

  19. Absolutely beautiful, excavated, collection of carved US & CS figures made from bullets.  The centerpiece is an excellent carved lead "TEXAS STAR" (which is in itself worth $250).  The collection is displayed in a pretty black walnut case.  This collection was accumulated over a 20+ year digging span.--$395 for the entire collection.SOLD

  20. Very nice condition excavated "Drop" .577 cal. Enfield projectile with the scarce "L" (London) base mark.  This was recovered from the Confederate Battle Line here at Stones River a good many years ago.--$25.

  21. Very, very scarce to recover - .577 cal. dropped Enfield SOLID BASE projectile.  This was caused by the bullet being field molded, and the cavity insert missing from the mold.  Only about one Enfield bullet per thousand recovered is solid base.  This example was recovered from the Confederate line here at Stones River.--$75.SOLD

  22. Excavated pair of .50 cal. Maynard carbine cartridges.  These were recovered from Wilson's Cavalry position along Granny White Pike at the Battle of Nashville.  One is a flat top variety, and one is a pointed top variety.--$85 for the pair.

  23. Complete excavated set of ammunition for a .69 cal. Civil War musket.  This group includes a .69 cal. buck and ball, a .69 cal. 3-ring Minie ball, and a .69 cal. musket ball.  These projectiles were all recovered from private property along the Confederate battle line here at Stones River.  This would be an excellent set to display with your .69 cal. Civil War musket.--$38.

  24. Nice condition excavated .52 cal. complete Spencer cartridge.  This cartridge was recovered from private property in Hoovers Gap where Wilders Lightning Brigade is famous for the use of their Spencer repeating rifles at this engagement.--$38.

  25. Quite rare non-excavated .58 cal. spring type bullet extractor displayed with a .58 cal. Minie that was extracted using this exact type extractor.--$55.

  26. Excellent condition, non-excavated, quite rare ball puller, displayed screwed into an enfield projectile that was extracted using a puller of this exact type.  It is mounted in a nice glass display case.--$55.

  27. Two non-excavated Civil War era externally primed Maynard cartridges.   One is your standard .50 cal. flat top Maynard cartridge for the very popular Civil War Maynard carbine.  The second is an oddity and the first of it's type that I have had.  It is a non-excavated .40 cal. Model 1865 Maynard Sporting Rifle cartridge.  Some feel that a few of these made it into the Civil War, but most feel that they saw most of their service out West during the buffalo hunting and Indian Wars (1866 - 1870) era.  Not a real common cartridge as this is the first one that I have ever had (that I recall !!)-- $95. (for both in a display)

  28. Very nice condition, excavated, .69 cal., 3-ring, Confederate Belgium type Minie.  This was recovered on private property south of Nolensville, TN, from the 1863 camp of Wharton's 8th Texas Cavalry.--$38.

  29. Glass jar with very old antique paper label containing bullets that were picked up at the Battle Of Franklin, TN. during the 1950 - 1960 era.  I would guess that the jar contains 50 bullets or so.--$195.SOLD

  30. Two excavated cartridges recovered from the Battle of Franklin, TN.  One cartridge is a Burnside and was recovered from the Federal Cavalry position at Franklin.  The other cartridge is a French Pinfire and was recovered from a lawn on the Confederate battle line.  Both cartridges in glass display case - $48.

  31. Soldier hand-crafted lead pencil made from a bullet.  This was recovered on private property at the Battle of Franklin, TN.--$28.

  32. Excavated, nice drop, .577 cal., lube grooved - plug cavity, Confederate Minie.  This was recovered on private property at the Battle of Chickamauga.--$25.

  33. Beautiful condition, excavated, .58 cal., Confederate, "Blob Top" nose cast Minie.  This was recovered many years ago from a Confederate position on private property near Shiloh.--$25.SOLD

  34. Nice drop, .58 cal., excavated "Confederate HI-Base".  This was recovered on private property near Petersburg, Virginia.--$35.

  35. Quite scarce, complete .54 cal., Confederate Minie in original paper wrap.  This would have been correct ammo for the .54 cal. Mississippi rifle.--$150.

  36. Beautiful condition non-excavated .50 cal. Maynard carbine cartridge - Perfect to display with your nice Maynard carbine.--$48.

  37. Very nice condition excavated dropped Confederate "Blob Top" field molded minie.  This rare bullet was recovered from Wharton's 1863 Texas Cavalry camp located near Unionville, TN.--$25.

  38. Excavated "bullet in Heartwood Pine" recovered many years ago from private property near Chickamauga, GA.  And, if you'd like - You get to open the wood and see what type bullet is inside !!--$48.

  39. Nice condition excavated .69 cal. drop Confederate Belgium style bullet recovered many years ago from a Confederate camp on private property near Corinth, MS. by Dr. Rees Buttram.--$48.

  40. Scarce, original, .36 cal. Maynard cartridge correct for the sporting Model Maynard carbine that was popular in the South as a sporting rifle before the Civil War and carried by many Confederate Cavalry into the Civil War.  In addition, the states of Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi purchased an additional 2,369 to help arm Cavalry troops from these states.  This will be an excellent compliment to display with your .36 cal. Maynard carbine.--$150.

  41. Mint, perfect non-excavated .44 cal. Tranter projectile {by Deane and Adams} complete with original leather washer on the base.  This is number "91" under the "Cartridge Section" in the "McKee and Mason" bullet book.--$48.

  42. Excellent condition set of excavated "drop" .54 cal. and .58 cal. Confederate Selma Arsenal bullets.--$38. for BOTH

  43. Excellent example of a dropped, excavated, field molded, "blob top" .58 cal. Confederate 3-ring minie.  This rare bullet was recovered from a Confederate Camp on private property along Duck River near Shelbyville, Tennessee.--$25.

  44. Excavated male phallic symbol recovered from an 1863 Confederate winter camp on private property along Duck River near Shelbyville, Tennessee.  I was a little surprised that this bullet did not have carved into it "Lorena Bobbitt was here".--$75.

  45. Excavated, lower and middle sections of a dropped 3-piece Shaler bullet.  This is the long pattern, and all you need is the top section to have a very rare and expensive bullet for your collection.  This bullet was recovered on private property on the Gettysburg Campaign.--$55.

  46. Excavated, dropped, .577 cal., "L" basemarked Enfield projectile.  This was recovered a number of years ago on private property along the Confederate battle line here at Stones River.--$20.

  47. Very nice condition, excavated, drop, .36 cal. Savage revolver projectile.  This bullet was recovered quite a number of years ago on private property that was at one time part of Camp Stanley located here at Murfreesboro, TN, during the Spring of 1863.--$25.

  48. Excavated dropped two pieces of a quite rare "long pattern" three piece Shaler projectile.  This is one of the rarer patterns and was recovered on private property near Gettysburg, PA.  This is going to be a real bargain if you are willing to go on the search for the missing section.--$55.

  49. Very nice excavated "dropped" .577 cal. Enfield projectile. This bullet has a smooth, white patina with a raised "57" in the base indicating pattern of 1857, and the original boxwood plug remains intact.--$20.

  50. carbinecart.JPG (70404 bytes)Very nice condition non-excavated .50 cal. Flat Top Maynard Carbine Cartridge.  An excellent compliment to display with your Civil War Maynard Carbine.--$48.
  51. blobtopmnie.JPG (79917 bytes)Quite sought after by Civil War bullet collectors - nice drop Confederate field mold "Blob Top" C.S. three ring Minie.--$25.

  52. bulletdisplay.JPG (56835 bytes)Collection of eighteen various type Civil War pistol bullets, including Savage, Smith & Wesson, Remington, Colt, Whitney, as well as others.  This collection of bullets was recovered by Dr. Rees Buttram during the mid 1960's on private property at Shiloh and Chickamauga.  The bullet collection is displayed in a very nice black walnut display case.--$195.

  53. mbthreeringer.JPG (53568 bytes)mbthreeringerbase.JPG (46611 bytes)Excellent condition excavated "Blob Top" Confederate field molded .58 caliber Minie Ball.--$25.

  54. bulletone.JPG (43663 bytes)bulletonevase.JPG (45465 bytes)Nice excavated drop .69 cal. Confederate "plug base" Towers bullet.  This was recovered from an 1863 Army of Tennessee camp located along Duck River near Shelbyville, TN.--$45.

  55. bullettwo.JPG (59751 bytes)bullettwobase.JPG (43734 bytes)Quite rare excavated drop FIELD MOLD .50 cal. Confederate Sharpshooter's bullet.  The bullet has "cold mold" lines all over it from being field molded.  It was recovered on the Brentwood Hills at the Battle of Nashville - mixed right in with standard .45 cal. cylindrical Whitworth bullets.  Some say this bullet was for a Greene Sharpshooter rifle, and others feel that there were actually a few .50 cal. Whitworths here.  A very cool bullet in any case.--$65.

  56. enfield.jpg (66702 bytes)enfieldbase.JPG (40629 bytes)Excavated .50 cal. "Whitworth-like" smooth sided projectile recovered among .45 cal. Whitworth bullets in the Brentwood Hills at the Battle of Nashville, TN.  Many collectors believe this to be from a Confederate Sharp-Shooter's weapon - possibly a Greene Rifle.--$45.

  57. deanadams.JPG (90569 bytes)deanadamsbore.JPG (58743 bytes)Excavated set of 34 cal. projectiles for the 34 cal. Dean and Adams revolver.  These are quite rare to recover and were excavated from a Confederate camp on private property near Corinth, MS.--$35.
  58. prussion2.JPG (55722 bytes)Excavated drop 2-ring .69 cal. Prussian bullet recovered from an 1862 OHIO INF. camp located near Decherd, TN.  About 30 years ago I recovered a beautiful large oval O.V.M. buckle in this camp.--$35.
  59. carvedbullets3.JPG (83628 bytes)3 carved bullets from Confederate camps located near Franklin, TN.  One appears to be an unfinished nipple protector - one looks like a little space ship - and one is a whittled C. S. Gardner.  All 3 are displayed in a nice glass case.--$55. for all
  60. tribaseblt.JPG (52487 bytes)tribasebltbase.JPG (50518 bytes)Excavated drop .69 cal. triangle base French minie.  This was recovered from Gen. Brechinridge's  Nov. - Dec. 1862 Confederate Infantry camp that was located near Readyville, TN. and occupied just before the Battle of Stones River.--$35.
  61. trianglebase.JPG (58084 bytes)trianglebasebtm.JPG (48692 bytes)Excellent condition excavated drop .69 cal. triangle base imported French minie.  This was recovered from Breckinridge's Nov. 1862 camp near Readyville, TN. occupied just before the Battle Of Stones River.--$35.
  62. moldbullet.JPG (65804 bytes)moldbulletrev.JPG (64278 bytes)Single cavity cast brass "scissor type" bullet mold for the "Country Rifle or Picket Bullet".  This is a mold to make bullets for the rifles from home that many Confederates left home for the Civil War in 1861 carrying.  This one looks to be about .36 to .40 cal.  We primarily recover bullets of this type in 1861 and 1862 Confederate camps {but recently we recovered several from a mid-1863 Confederate camp.  Excellent condition.--$150.
  63. Perfect condition excavated .52 cal. dropped "Whitworth like" projectile.  This was recovered from one of Gen. Hood's Sharpshooter positions at the "Battle of Nashville".  It is a long bullet that looks just like a cylindrical Whitworth, but just a slightly bigger caliber.  I have been told that this was used in a "Greene Rifle" - but I'm not sure.  It is unquestionably of Sharpshooter nature.  We find these projectiles and actual .45 cal. cylindrical Whitworths in the same areas.--$25.
  64. Excavated drop .69 cal. triangle base French Minie.  This was recovered near Readyville, TN. from Gen. Breckenridge's Nov. 1862 Army of Tennessee Confederate camp there occupied just before the Battle of Stones River.  This is one of my favorite bullets to dig.--$35.
  65. Beautiful excavated drop .58 cal. 2-ring German Suhl projectile.  This extra nice and quite rare Confederate bullet was recovered by Mark Heath from an 1862 Wheeler Confederate Cavalry Camp located near Knob Gap, TN.--$65.
  66. Absolutely drop dead beautiful excavated "drop" .69 cal. Confederate used triangle base French minie.  It has a creamy, marble like white patina and was recovered here at Stones River in the late 1960s.  I don't know how it could possibly be any nicer.--$45.
  67. Excavated 50 cal. Maynard cartridge recovered from Granny White Gap at the 2nd days fighting at the Battle of Nashville, TN.--$45.
  68. Nice condition excavated .58 cal. Confederate "Blob Top" field molded minie.  This was recovered from the Confederate battle line here at Stones River.--$25.
  69. Quite scarce excavated "Long Tail" Confederate cavalry - Hall carbine projectile.  This is an excellent drop recovered from the camp of the 1st Confederate Cavalry located near the old academy at Unionville, TN.--$65.
  70. Very rare extra "Hi-Base" 69 cal. French Dragoon triangle base projectile.  This is a nice drop , but does have a worm hole in the very top.  It's been ages since I've had one of these - This one was recovered near Corinth, Miss.--$65.
  71. A pair of excavated "double end" type balls.  These are quite rare to dig and were used in early smoothbore weapons.  The small balls are about 36 cal. or so and the large ball looks to be around 71 cal. {definitely bigger than 69 cal.}-- Both for $48.
  72. fuzedbandb.JPG (60438 bytes)Two fuzed excavated 69 cal. Confederate buck and ball projectiles.  What caused this to happen was the paper wrapped cartridges were in the edge of the camp fire and got hot enough to start melting and fuze - but not hot enough to totally melt down.  It takes just the right circumstances for this to happen and it's rare to dig a fuzed example.--$45. for both
  73. 36maynard.JPG (77845 bytes)Quite rare excavated drop 36 cal. Maynard carbine projectile.  These are almost always recovered from Confederate cavalry sites and is a bullet you rarely dig.--$35.
  74. fieldcast58.JPG (24696 bytes)fieldcast.JPG (28396 bytes)fieldcastnose.JPG (20433 bytes) Beautiful condition drop Confederate field nose cast 58 cal. minie.  It has a clipped nose and a "monster" mold line.--$18. 
  75. 33proj.JPG (29502 bytes)33projectiles.JPG (29848 bytes)Group of 33 freshly dug drop Union and Confederate carbine projectiles.  Some of the different type projectiles in the group are Starr, Merrill. Sharps, Spencer, Burnside, German Suhl, Colt Revolving Rifle, and Maynard.  The group is priced at less than $3. per bullet.--$95.

  76. wmcleaners.JPG (36199 bytes)35 nice condition dug drop 58 cal. Type III Williams Cleaner bullets.  Many of these still have the zinc cleaner washer intact.  They were dug years ago by Pam and Allen Clark along Hood's campaign from Spring Hill to the Battle of Franklin, Tennessee.  I am seeing nice Williams Cleaner bullets commonly priced at $5.-$10. each.--$135.

  77. 3buckball.JPG (30220 bytes)69 cal. Confederate 3-buck "Buck & Ball" projectile.  I dug this "Buck & Ball" along the Confederate retreat route out of Middle Tennessee enroute to Chickamauga.  The bucks were originally loose packed with the ball using paper wrap.  They were loose in the hole when dug, and I have glued them in their correct position for display.--$15.

  78.  mixedbullets.JPG (33975 bytes)bulkbullets.JPG (82496 bytes)I've just purchased 5000 mixed excavated Civil War bullets.  Bag of 50 mixed dropped and fired U.S. and C.S. bullets-each bag includes a variety of different type bullets at a low cost of $1.70 per bullet--$85. a bag.

  79. 1200.7.jpg (7285 bytes)MM 299--54 cal. German Suhl. This is a nice dropped. These were used almost exclusively by Southern cavalry--$10.
  80. 1200.8.jpg (12135 bytes)We have various Sharps bullets varying from 52 to 54 cal. We have a number of variations--$10 each.
  81. Bullets.jpg (16536 bytes)Collection of 6 completely different Civil War bullets in a 5" x 6" display glass case--$35.
  82. Burnside.jpg (5052 bytes).54 cal. Burnside carbine. We have this bullet in both MM #119(flat based) and the MM #(dished base)--$7.50.
  83. ColtRevRifle.jpg (4636 bytes)MM #116 .56 cal. Colt Revolving Rifle. This is a nice dropped example with smooth white patina--$7.50.
  84. Joslyn.jpg (3577 bytes)MM #470 This is a .52 cal Joslyn carbine. Perfect dropped example with nice white patina--$7.50.

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