Note: I pack all individual paper cartridges in cotton or tissue, inside a coin tube for maximum safety in shipping.
Fine Original Civil War Period Paper Cartridge for Austrian or Mississippi Rifle
Here is a Very Good Civil War Period Paper Cartridge for .54 Caliber Rifle ! This would have been for the Imported Austrian Rifles & Mississippi Rifle. The entire cartridge is still nice and tight, with tail folded neatly, and twine tie intact. There is some minor discoloration around the nose and one spot on the tail that is darkened, likely due to some of the powder soaking into the paper. There is also a little bit of paper loss on one side, but not all the way thru the cartridge. I see no repairs anywhere. These .54 caliber paper cartridges are much less common than the standard .58 you often see. Just a Fine Displaying Paper Civil War Cartridge for Austrian or Mississippi Rifle !
$150 plus shipping
Fine Original Paper Cartridge w/Conical Ball for .69 Caliber Musket
NEW ! Here is a Very Nice Original Paper Cartridge for .69 Caliber Rifle Musket ! It contains the powder charge and a three-ring conical ball you can faintly see the impression of, thru the paper. These have really become scarce and difficult to find. This one is in fine condition showing only very minor staining, and a couple of small pinholes on one side, but no repairs. The small dark brown twine tie is still present on the nose and tight, and the folded tail is still nicely intact. It is similar to specimen’s 317 & 318 in Dean Thomas book, Round Ball to Rimfire, A History of Civil War Small Arms Ammunition, Part One, page 249. A Scarce Civil War .69 Caliber Minie Ball Cartridge that Displays Great !
$250 plus shipping
Fine Original Civil War Period .577 Paper Cartridge
Here is a Fine Civil War Period Paper Cartridge for .577 caliber Enfield Rifle ! It has the brown paper wrap at one end of the tube, and the darker brown wax at the other end, still retaining a good amount of the original wax. There is one small tight slit at the waxed end that almost looks like a cut, but it is tight and the entire cartridge still displays great. Many of these waxed two-tone cartridges are British manufactured, but this one is completely unmarked. Right at 3 inches long, it will make a fine addition to your Civil War Cartridge Collection, or great display with that Enfield Rifle.
$175 plus shipping
Fine Displaying Dug .58 Caliber Skin or Waterproof Cartridge
Here is a Nice Dug .58 Caliber “Skin” or Waterproof Cartridge ! Many of these were manufactured by Johnson & Dow, and they aren’t an uncommon recovery in some areas. This one is still in good shape, with minimal tears near the joint of the bullet and skin. Overall a nice tight example. A Nice .58 Caliber Civil War “Skin” Cartridge ! [ D.K. ]
$45 plus shipping
Fine Original Paper Cartridge for the M1836 Hall Carbine
Here is an Excellent .64 Caliber Paper Cartridge for the M1836 Hall Carbine ! It is the pattern with red & white twine tie similar to specimen 84, on pages 110-111, in Dean S. Thomas book, Round BallTo Rimfire Part One. Thomas notes in his remarks, “Red & white string, authorities disagree on the identity of this cartridge. It is believed to be for either a .69 cal. converted pistol, or the .64 cal. Hall’s Carbine.” This cartridge is in very fine condition with no tears or holes, very little staining, and the twine is still tightly tied. Just found this one recently, but nice examples of these are getting more and more difficult to locate. An Excellent .64 Caliber Hall Carbine Paper Cartridge !
$175 plus shipping
Original Full Box of Houllier Blanchard/Paris Long 12mm Pinfire Cartridges - Still Sealed with Original Twine Tie
These unopened full boxes of Houllier Blanchard 12mm Long Pinfire Cartridges are getting very hard to come by ! [ I had this one in my own collection for several years. ] They were originally intended for use in the French Lefaucheux Pinfire Pistols, and manufactured in Paris, France. The long pattern is also much less common than the shorter pattern. This nice boxstill has its original thin brown twine wrapped around it, whichindicates it has not been opened. Box is a nice green/white checked pattern, with a super nice and legible black and white label reading, "Cartouches, 12millimetes, Houllier-Blanchard,Arquebusier brevete, Paris, A Longue Portee." Contentsare 25 Long Pattern Pinfire cartridges, with an "HB Paris" head stamp. A super item to display with your Lefaucheux Pinfire Pistol, or excellent addition to your cartridge collection ! Still completely intact in the original box, with the original twine tie,but priced less than if you bought only the cartridges individually !
$425 plus shipping
Fine Paper Cartridge for the 10.4mm 1851 Swiss "Feldstutzer" Carbine
Here is a Fine 10.4mm Paper Cartridge for the M1851 Swiss Feldstutzer Carbine ! Measuring about 3.25 inches long by about .400 inches diameter, it somewhat resembles an English Whitworth Cartridge, or the even larger Enfield Cartridge. This one is in superb condition with no tears or repairs to the paper, though there is some minor staining near the base. Although to my knowledge these were not imported or used during the American Civil War, this is still an excellent and educational example of the early paper cartridges used in many muzzle loading carbines and rifles, both American and European. An Excellent and Early Paper Cartridge for the 1851 Swiss Feldstutzer Carbine !
$85 plus shipping
Very Fine Paper .41 Caliber "Eley Needle Gun Cartridge."
Here is an Excellent Condition .41 CaliberEley’s Needle Fire Cartridge! It’s in great shape with the paper still nice and tight. The Eley Patent is visible on the blue base andreads, "Eley Needle Gun Cartridge." Bullet is a dark gray color and still nice and tight in the paper. The Needle Fire guns and cartridges became standard issue for the Prussian Army beginning in 1841, and were used through the American Civil War, up until about 1872. The first guns and cartridges were invented by Nikolas von Dreyse, and the cartridges are often called a “Von Dreyse.” Some of the guns saw limited used during the Civil War. An Uncommon Needle Gun Cartridge in Fine Condition !
$40 plus shipping
Very Fine Civil War Paper Cartridge For .36 Caliber Navy Revolver
Here is an Excellent Civil War Period Paper Cartridge for .36 Caliber Colt Navy Revolver ! The entire cartridge is in great condition, still tight, with mold seam evident on the bullet, no ring, and only very minor staining to the paper. Once common, these have become hard to find in good shape. Fine .36 Caliber Paper Cartridge for Colt Navy Revolver !
Nice Original Paper Cartridge for .58 Caliber M1855, M1861, & M1863 Springfield Rifles
Here is a Very Good Civil War Period Paper Cartridge for the .58 Caliber M1855, M1861, and M1863, Springfield Rifles ! It shows some minor staining and bleed thru of the lead on the paper, but has no tears or holes at all. The twine tie is still present and tight, and the entire cartridge is in good shape. Perhaps the most produced cartridge of the war, the survival rate after 150 years isn’t great, and most of those that surface are rescued from old leather cartridge boxes or private collections. A Fine Displaying Example of the Civil War .58 caliber paper cartridge ! [ D.K. ]
Nice Paper & Foil Cartridge for the .50 Caliber Gallager Carbine
Here is a Nice Non-Dug Cartridge for the .50 Caliber Gallager Carbine ! It is the “Paper & Foil” pattern usually manufactured by Poultney & Trimble. There is one very small thin spot on the base, but the rest of the body of the cartridge shows no tears or holes, and the bullet is tight. A Fine Displaying “Paper & Foil” Cartridge for the .50 Caliber Gallager Carbine ! [ D.K. ]
Nice Priced Linen Cartridge for .52 Caliber Sharps Carbine that Displays Great.
Here is a Nice Original Linen Cartridge for the .52 Caliber Civil War Sharps Carbine ! The bullet has acquired a dull gray patina while the linen is a nice tan color. The bullet is still tight in the cartridge, and except for the base, the linen shows no tears or holes. The base of the cartridge shows one hole and a small tear, though the hardened powder is still visible inside. Overall a good displaying example, and the base could be repaired with a piece of similar colored paper. Perfect examples of these cartridges can run $150 to $200, but this one is priced with the slight damage in mind. A Nice Displaying Linen Cartridge for Sharps Carbine ! [ D.K. ]
Nice Original Paper Cartridge for .58 Caliber Model 1855, 1861, & 1863 Springfield Rifles.
Here is another Fine Original Paper Cartridge for the .58 caliber U.S. M1855, M1861, and M1863 Springfield Rifles ! They may also have been used in a few other rifled muskets, but by the end of the war they were the most produced cartridge of all, with millions being manufactured. However, not so many of the fragile paper cartridges survived the intervening 150 years intact. Those that do usually come from an unopened packet, the bottom of an old leather cartridge box, or private collections. This example is in fine condition with no tears or repairs in the paper, and the small tan twine tie still intact and tight. You can see one tiny pinhole near the nose of the bullet, but it is barely noticeable, and not a split, just a pinhole. Another Fine Displaying Example of the Civil War .58 caliber paper cartridge !
Very Fine .69 Caliber Paper "Buck & Ball" Cartridge w/Blue/Green Twine Tie
Here is a Fine Original .69 Caliber Paper “Buck & Ball” Cartridge for Musket ! It is in excellent condition with no tears or rips in the paper, and nice tight twine tie. The string is the less often seen blue/green & white type. The paper is an off-white color with only very minor staining. These cartridges held one .69 caliber round ball, with three .31 caliber buck balls stacked on top. This one is similar in shape to specimen 102 in Dean Thomas book, Round Ball To Rimfire, A History of Civil War SmallArms Ammunition, Part One, page 113, though specimen 101 is noted with blue & white string. Any of the .69 caliber Civil War cartridges have become uncommon. This is a Fine Original .69 Caliber “Buck & Ball” Paper Cartridge !
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