Here is an Excellent Dropped Example of the RARE “Arkansas Hog” Bullet !It’s actually a .69 caliber French Mangeot bullet, and is #608 in the Mason & McKee book, Civil WarProjectiles II. I suspect they got the name “Arkansas Hog” due to the fact that they are primarily recovered in Arkansas, and a few in Missouri. This one has a nice mostly white patina with several areas of encrusted dirt still on it. There are a couple of period scratches too but they show the same patina as the rest of the bullet, and there are no digger dinks or scratches. This bullet measures at approximately .680-.685 diameter by 1.184 in length. In his article for North/South Trader’s Civil War magazine, titled, War in the West Yields Rare Bullets, Part II, Meigs Brainard illustrated three variants of the Arkansas Hog Bullet, and I believe this particular example is a Type I, based on the deep truncated cavity and the nose profile. A Nice Example of a RARE Trans-Mississippi Confederate Bullet! It was recovered at Mark’s Mills, Arkansas.
Good Dropped .69 Caliber "Jenkin's Ferry Musketoon" Bullet
Here is a Rare Trans-Mississippi Civil War Bullet Known as a “Jenkin’s Ferry”Musketoon! They are quite uncommon and primarily recovered in the Old Trans-Mississippi Department, or Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri, and Oklahoma. Though unlisted in Mason & McKee’s book, Civil War Projectiles II, there are several pictured examples in Tom Stelma’s book, Some More Civil War Bullets. This one is not perfect, but still retains its shape and profile nicely, with a good mostly off white patina. The thick cavity walls are still nice and round, and the small truncation or flat spot easily visible in the base of the cavity. Though there is little evidence of digger damage, it does show several old scars, one which looks like it may have been lightly carved, and another or two that may be from farming years ago. The bullet measures approximately 6.90 to 7.00 diameter by about 1.35 tall. A “top drawer” example of these bullets will often sell in the neighborhood of $300, but this one, though still a nice example is much less. A Rare Trans-Mississippi Bullet that is hard to find !Recovered near Baxter Springs, Kansas.
Super Nice dropped MM266 French Triangle Bullet
Here is a Beautiful Dropped MM266, Longer skirt .69 Caliber French Triangle Bullet ! The entire bullet wears a nice off white patina with no digger dinks anywhere on it. The short walls just below the triangular cavity are still nice and rounded and a cut sprue evident on the nose. A bit of reddish dirt is still evident here and there. Overall this is just a First Rate MM266 French Triangle Bullet !
Here is a Beautiful Dropped .44 Caliber Slant Breech Sharps Bullet ! It has a wonderful mostly white patina on the whole bullet with no digger’s dinks or damage of any sort. The base and nose are in good condition as well. Recovered at Prairie Grove, Arkansas, it’s the last of several I once had. A Fine Dropped .44 Caliber Sharps Bullet !
$45 plus shipping
Good Woods Dug .44 Slant Breech Sharps Bullet
Here is a Dropped .44 Caliber Slant Breech Sharps Carbine Bullet !It is in good condition with a brown woodsy patina and no digger damage. It does have a period vertical slash that you can see in the third picture, that runs down the three raised rings, but it is definitely period. Pretty examples of this bullet run $45-50 but this one is priced much nicer, and is still a good displaying example of the pattern. A Good .44 Sharps Slant Breech Bullet !
$28 plus shipping
Very Nice Dropped .54 Caliber "Nathan Bedford Forrest" Enfield Bullet
Here is a Nice Dropped .54 Caliber Confederate Enfield Bullet, also known to Collectors as a Nathan Bedford Forrest Enfield! These smaller .54 caliber Enfield/Pritchett type Bullets are often excavated in sites associated with General Forrest, thus the name. This one measures about .974 of an inch tall, by .520 diameter. It has a wonderful slick brownish patina often seen on bullets recovered in the woods, and no digger damage. It has a few tiny patina chips on the base and a casting imperfection in the cavity. A Nice Nathan Bedford Forrest Enfield Bullet!
Group of Five Nice Dropped .52 Caliber Sharps Carbine Bullets - Maysville, Arkansas
Here are Five Nice Dropped .52 Caliber Sharps Carbine Bullets ! All five have a nice white patina with no digger dinks or scrapes, and all five retain their form perfectly. The one in the middle is generally considered to be an early or pre-war pattern, while the other four are war-date examples. These bullets were all recovered at Maysville, Arkansas, which was a very early war Arkansas State Militia Training camp, and a site that was used by many troops of both sides throughout the war. Five Very Nice .52 Caliber Sharps Carbine Bullets !
$30 plus shipping
Nice Dropped Richmond Labs Colt .44 Pistol Bullet
Here is a Nice Dropped Richmond Labs Colt .44 Bullet !
It's got a mostly smooth white/brown patina with a dark chip
on the reverse side but displays well from this side, and has no
digger damage. Single depressed ring, with no raised ring and flat
base with tiny depression. Bullet mics out about .455 diameter by
.695 tall. You can see this bullet in Dean S.Thomas new book,
Round Ball To Rimfire, Part 4, page 173, specimen #25. Nice
Confederate Bullet Manufactured at the Richmond
$25 plus shipping
Nice Dropped Deep Cavity .69 Minie
Here is an Excellent Dropped .69 Caliber Minie with
Deep Conical Cavity ! At first glance it looks a lot like
an MM332, but it is nose cast, and has that deep cavity.
It mics out about .687 diameter by 1.060 to 1.064 in
Length. Mold seam visible on one side & casting flaw
on the other. Nice grayish white patina with no digger
damage. Another Nice Nose Cast .69 Minie !
Nice MM520 Shaler Bullet Dug Culpeper, Virginia
Here is a Nice Dropped MM520 Civil War “Shaler” Bullet ! It has a good patina on all three pieces and shows no digger damage anywhere. It still comes apart and goes back together easily and there are remnants of red dirt on it. The very tip of the nose is flat on one side, but it was cast that way and is not damaged. A Fine Displaying and Uncommon sectional Civil War Bullet ! It was recovered near Culpeper, Virginia.