Note: I pack all individual paper cartridges in cotton or tissue, inside a coin tube for maximum safety in 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
Nice Original Paper Cartridge for .36 Caliber Navy Revolver
NEW ! Here is a Fine Paper Cartridge for .36 Caliber Navy Revolvers ! I am pretty sure it is Colt Manufactured for the Belt Revolvers as it very closely resembles Specimen #820 on page 80 of Dean S. Thomas’ book, Round Ball to Rimfire, Part Three, Federal Pistols, Revolvers, and Miscellaneous Essays. The bullet and paper are still tight together, and the paper shows no holes or tears, though it does have some very small areas of discoloration. The conical bullet shows a vertical mold seam and one impressed ring. Entire cartridge is about 1.25 inches long and bullet mics out to approximately 380. I used to find these regularly but it has been a long time since I had a loose one. A Fine Civil War Paper Cartridge for .36 Caliber Navy Revolvers !
$75 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
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 .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
Very Fine Paper Cartridge For .54 Caliber "Horse Pistol."
Here is a Super 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 no tears or repairs and very little staining. The brown twine tie is nicely intact and tight, and I see no powder leakage at all. These Civil War period paper cartridges are getting harder to find, and this one is likely pre-war by a few 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 !
Very Fine Original Paper Cartridge for .58 Caliber Springfield Rifle
Here is Another Superb Condition .58 Caliber Paper Cartridge for Springfield Rifle ! It is the type intended for use in the M1855, M1861, and M1863 Springfield Rifles, and possibly a few others. By the end of the war, it was the most produced cartridge of all, with millions being manufactured. That said though, not so many survived the intervening 150 years intact ! The survivors usually come from unopened packets or the bottom of cartridge boxes. This example is in fine condition with no tears or breaks and very little staining. The small twine tie is still present and tight as is the entire cartridge. Just a Great Displaying .58 Caliber Paper Cartridge for Springfield Rifle !
Nice 25-Ct Full Box of Houllier-Blanchard Long Pattern 12mm Pinfire Cartridges
Here is an Original Full Box of French Manufactured 12mm Long Pattern Pinfire Cartridges ! They are the cartridges made by Houllier-Blanchard of Paris and so marked on the label. This box is almost identical to the other I have, except this one has been opened. However, all 25 of the original "HB Paris" head stamped cartridges are still present. According to research done by Aaron Newcomer, there were about 200,000 cartridges purchased from France by the Union Army during the Civil War. The green/white checkered box is a tiny bit faded with a couple of small stains, and has been re-enforced on the inside with tape. However, it still retains its form very well, and the black/white label is entirely legible displaying quite nicely. These long pattern 12mm pinfire cartridges often sell for $18-$25 each, and here you have 25, along with the original period box. A Great Original Full Box of 12mm Pinfire Cartridges, For Display with Your Pinfire Revolver, or a Fine Addition to Your Civil War Cartridge Collection !
Excellent Condition .50 Caliber Smith Carbine Cartridge - Paper & Foil by Poultney & Trimble
Here is a Fine Original .50 Caliber “Paper & Foil” Cartridge for Smith Carbine ! These were manufactured by Poultney & Trimble and this one is nice and tight with no tears or problems. It is similar to specimens 568 & 569 in Dean Thomas’ book, Round Ball To Rimfire, A History of Civil War Small Arms Ammunition, Part Two, page 243. A Fine .50 Caliber Civil War Smith Carbine Cartridge !
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