Note: I pack all individual paper cartridges in cotton or tissue, inside a coin tube for maximum safety in shipping.
Very Nice Paper Cartridge for .58 Caliber M1855, M1861, and M1863 Springfield Rifles.
Here is an Excellent Original Paper Cartridge for the .58 caliber U.S. M1855, M1861, and M1863 Springfield Rifles ! They may have also 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 collections. This example is in fine shape with no tears or repairs in the paper and the light tan, twine tie still intact and tight. A Fine Displaying example of the Civil War .58 caliber paper cartridge !
$100 plus shipping
Fine .58 Caliber Paper Cartridge for M1855, M1861, & M1863 Springfield Rifle
Here is an Excellent Condition .58 Caliber Paper Cartridge for Springfield Rifle ! These were used primarily in the M1855, M1861, and M1863 Springfield Rifles, and possibly a few others. By the end of the war, they were the most produced cartridge of all, with millions being manufactured. That said though, not so many survived the intervening 150 years intact. Those that did have usually either come from an unopened packet or have been discovered still laying in old leather cartridge boxes. This example is in fine shape with no tears or breaks in the paper and the small twine tie still nicely intact. Though there are a couple of small areas of lead or powder discoloration, the whole cartridge is nice and tight with really no issues at all. A Fine Displaying Example of the Civil War .58 Caliber Paper Cartridge for Springfield Rifle !
$100 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
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 !
$250 plus shipping
Fine .69 Caliber Paper Cartridge with Three Ring Conical or Minie Ball
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 become scarce anymore and difficult to find. This one has no tears or rips in the paper, which is still tight as is the intact twine tie at the nose. 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. Any of the .69 caliber Civil War cartridges have become hard to find. An Uncommon .69 Caliber Minie Ball Cartridge in Excellent Condition !
Very Fine Paper Cartridge for the .64 Caliber Hall Carbine
Here is an Excellent Condition .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 Ball To Rimfire Part One. Thomas noted 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 example is in fine condition with no tears or holes, very little staining, and twine or string still tightly tied. I had several of these at one time, but this is the last one and they are getting more difficult to find. An Excellent .64 Caliber Hall Carbine Paper Cartridge!
$175 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
Fine Civil War Period Blank Paper Musket Cartridge
Here is an Excellent Civil War Period Blank or Training Cartridge for Musket ! Someone long ago marked on one side of the paper, “54 Blank Mississippi”, but that is likely incorrect. According to Dean S. Thomas, in his book, Round Ball to Rimfire, Part One, p. 156, “Only one blank cartridge was listed in the 1861 Ordnance Manual, and it was intended for the Musket and Rifle, 1855.” Also in his book are pictures of a packet of blanks, and one individual, which he calls regulation. This example is nearly identical to that one in form and closure, and I am almost certain that this is actually one of those “regulation” blanks, intended for the M1855 Rifle/Musket. Millions of these were manufactured for use in the various large training camps in the North, but I doubt that as many of these survived, as did the loaded cartridges that were still on hand at the end of the war. A Fine Original “Regulation” Blank Cartridge for Civil War Rifle and Musket !
Fine Eley Paper Envelope Cartridge for .44 Caliber Tranter, Webley/Bentley or other Revolvers
Here is an Excellent Paper Envelope Combustible Cartridge Manufactured by Eley for Tranter, Webley/Bentley or other period .44 caliber Revolvers ! The paper envelope is still in great condition, as is the cloth pull tab for opening it up. The bullet has little oxidation, and the entire cartridge is still nice and tight. The base has an orange colored paper tab that says, “Eley London”, and is still quite legible. Someone marked on the side of the paper “54 Webley”, long ago, and they may have meant 54 Bore, which would be the .44 Caliber that this cartridge actually is, as where the paper meets the bullet, diameter is approximately .470 . A Very Fine Example of an Eley Paper Pistol Cartridge, used in the American Civil War !
Nice Original Paper Cartridge for .54 Caliber Single-shot Military Pistol, such as the Aston, Johnson, or Waters patterns
Here is a Nice Original Paper Cartridge for .54 Caliber Single-shot Military Pistol, such as the Aston, Johnson, or Waters patterns ! The paper on this one is excellent, with one tiny area where the outer layer is cracked, but there is no hole, no repairs, and very little staining. The brown twine tie is nicely intact and tight, and I see no powder leakage anywhere. These Civil War Period paper cartridges are getting harder to find in good condition, and this one is likely pre-war by several years, and less common than the popular .58 caliber pattern for Springfields. A Fine Displaying Original Paper Cartridge for .54 Caliber Single Shot Pistol !
Fine .58 Caliber Paper Cartridge for M1855, M1861, & M1863 Springfield Rifle
Here is Another Fine Condition .58 Caliber Paper Cartridge for Springfield Rifle ! These were intended primarily for use with the M1855, M1861, and M1863 Springfield Rifles, and possibly a few others. By the end of the war they were the most produced cartridge of all, with millions being manufactured. That said though, not so many survived the intervening 150 years intact. Those that did have usually either come from an unopened packet or been discovered still laying in an old leather cartridge box. This example is in excellent condition with no tears or breaks in the paper and the small twine tie still nicely intact. It has a couple of small powder or lead stains but is otherwise perfect. Another Fine Displaying .58 Caliber Paper Cartridge for Springfield Rifle !
Original Packet of Johnson & Dow Waterproof Cartridges for M1860 .44 Caliber Colt Army Revolver
Here is a Packet of Johnston & Dow Waterproof Cartridges for Colt’s Army Revolvers ! It’s a soft packet that you rarely see, containing six .44 caliber cartridges. This one is a little rough, being open on one top edge and having several small tears or holes. However, the six cartridges still seem to be intact, and the printed package is 98% still legible. The front of the packet reads, “ Six Johnston & Dow’s Waterproof & Combustible CARTRIDGES Cal. 46-100, with Percussion Caps, For Colt’s Army Revolvers, Cal. 44-100 Patented Oct. 1st, 1861, Jan. 7th, and June 24th, 1862. Address Johnston & Dow, 170 Broadway, New York.” After photographing this one, I carefully wrapped it in clear cellophane to preserved its integrity. I could have heat shrunk the cello but I was afraid it might compress the packet so I didn’t. This is an Early & Rarely Encountered Soft Pack of Cartridges that will Display Great with an 1860 Colt Army Revolver !
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