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1836 – 1865 ORIGINAL PAPER CARTRIDGES – VERY NICE SPECIMENS FOR THE MODEL 1836 & 1842 PISTOLS, THE HALL CARBINES AND RIFLES, THE MODEL 1847 MUSKETOON, AND THE MODELS 1816 – 1842 MUSKETS:  This is a nice selection of early 19TH Century US Army Paper Cartridges issued in the decades before the Civil War and some were used during the war as both the North and South continued to issue what were otherwise considered to be “obsolete arms” in order to keep the soldiers supplied with serviceable firearms.   

Considering the length of time these cartridges have been in existence, the demand for cartridges during the Civil War, marginal storage efforts after they were declared obsolete or surplus, and finally, the army’s efforts to recycle the lead and powder components during the Indian War era as described in Ordnance Memoranda No. 21, that any of them survived to be collected today is a testament to the numbers of these paper cartridges which were manufactured. 

I have the following specimens available and each is described below with accompanying photographs.

 

.54 CALIBER PAPER CARTRIDGES FOR THE MODEL 1836 AND MODEL 1842 PISTOLS CARRIED BY THE DRAGOONS:  These .54 caliber Paper Cartridges were issued with the Model 1836 and Model 1842 Single Shot Pistols carried by the US Dragoons during the Seminole and Mexican Wars, and to those soldiers who continued to be issued these pistols during the Civil War.  Never particularly common, these early pistol cartridges are becoming more and more difficult to find. 

.54 CALIBER PISTOL PAPER ROUND BALL CARTRIDGE –EXCELLENT SPECIMEN:  This is a complete .54 caliber Pistol Round Ball Cartridge, measuring 1 ½” long, showing no damage or wear, with both the tie string and the folded tail intact and in full form.  There is a tiny handwritten numeral “16” on one side, most likely a former collector’s inventory identifier.  The paper cartridge is accompanied with an additional separate lead ball of the same caliber, an added value to display with the cartridge.  This is an excellent specimen of a relatively scarce cartridge to display with your early single shot pistol. (0913)  $150

 

.54 CALIBER PISTOL PAPER BLANK CARTRIDGE – EXCELLENT SPECIMEN:  This is an excellent, complete .54 caliber Pistol Paper Blank Cartridge.  Measuring 1 ¼” long, showing no damage or wear, with the folded tail intact and in full form.   There is a tiny handwritten numeral “25” on one side, most likely a former collector’s inventory identifier.  Blank cartridges were an integral component of the standard issue of ammunition to the soldiers, used by the cavalry to accustom the horses to gun fire and by all branches of the service for ceremonies, and they have a rightful place in any US Army ammunition display.  This is an excellent specimen of a relatively scarce early US Martial pistol cartridge.  (0917)  $75

 

.64 CALIBER CARTRIDGES FOR THE MODEL 1836 HALL CARBINE & RIFLE:  Quite rare and seldom found in this condition, these .64 Caliber Cartridges with the distinctive red and white twisted tie string were issued for the Model 1836 Hall Carbine.  This cartridge saw use with the Dragoons during the Seminole Wars in Florida and on the Western Frontier, and was replaced as the subsequent models of Hall Carbines were reduced in caliber.  These early cartridges are a rare offering, emerging on the market only when found in very old, advanced collections. 

HALL MODEL 1836 CARBINE .64 CALIBER CARTRIDGE – EXCELLENT SPECIMEN:  This cartridge is in excellent condition and is complete with no damage or wear.  Measuring 1 ½” long, the cartridge is intact with the red and white twisted tie string which retains its bright colors.  There is a tiny handwritten numeral “24” on one side, most likely a former collector’s inventory identifier. The paper cartridge is accompanied with an additional separate lead ball of the same caliber, an added value to display with the cartridge.  (0916)  $350

 

HALL MODEL 1836 CARBINE .64 CALIBER CARTRIDGE – EXCELLENT SPECIMEN:  This cartridge is in excellent condition and is complete with no damage or wear.  Measuring 1 ½” long, the cartridge is intact with the red and white twisted tie string which retains its bright colors.  (0211)  $350

 

HALL MODEL 1836 CARBINE .64 CALIBER CARTRIDGE – VERY GOOD SPECIMEN:  This cartridge is in very good condition and is complete with only some minor discoloration where the cartridge lay in a cartridge box or tin.  Measuring 2” long, the cartridge is intact with the red and white twisted tie string.  (0915)  $350

 

HALL MODEL 1836 CARBINE .64 CALIBER CARTRIDGE: A complete .64 caliber Hall Carbine Cartridge, however this cartridge was unfortunately glued to a cartridge display board and then removed, resulting in some minor damage to the cartridge wrapping paper.  The tear was repaired using original cartridge wrapping paper and the repair is limited to two sides of the cartridge.  The cartridge still displays well on the undamaged sides.  The paper wrapper is otherwise very solid with the folded tail retaining its full form, and the red and white twisted tie string retaining its bright colors.   This is still a respectable specimen of a scarce cartridge to display with your Model 1836 Hall Carbine, and available at a very good price.  (0795)  $250

 

.69 CALIBER CARTRIDGE FOR THE MODEL 1847 MUSKETOONS:  Quite rare and seldom found in this condition, this .69 Caliber Cartridge with the distinctive red and white twisted tie string was issued for the Model 1847 Cavalry and Artillery Musketoons.  This cartridge saw use by the Dragoons during a very brief period during the Mexican War and then on the Western Frontier, and some limited use during the Civil War until replaced by the many breechloading carbines.  This cartridge is in excellent condition and is complete with no damage or wear, with the red and white twisted tie string retaining its bright colors.  These early cartridges in this condition are a rare offering, emerging on the market only when found in very old, advanced collections.  (0922) $325

 

.69 CALIBER BUCK AND BALL PAPER CARTRIDGE FOR THE MODELS 1816 – 1842 MUSKETS, and the model 1847 MUSKETOONS:  The use of multi-projectile ammunition has a long history of use by the US military, extending back to the American Revolution and forward through at least the pre-World War Two era.  These particular cartridges were intended for use in the Model 1816 through the Model 1842 Muskets, and to some degree these were issued with the Model 1847 Musketoons in an effort to increase the effectiveness of that much maligned carbine.  Based on the desire to deliver a maximum impact down range against a massed enemy formation, these early “Buck and Ball” cartridges comprised of a bore-sized .69 caliber round ball surmounted with three sub caliber balls were used with devastating effect. A very historic cartridge, these .69 Buck and Ball Paper Cartridges will display very well with your early musket, and one that is often missing from US Army ammunition collections

.69 CALIBER BUCK AND BALL PAPER:  An excellent, complete .69 caliber Musket Buck and Ball Paper Cartridge, the paper wrapper is complete with no damage or breaks and includes the three pieces of buckshot, the round ball and the powder charge.  The thread tie at the point of the cartridge and at the divide between the buckshot and round ball is intact and the folded tail is present.  There is a tiny handwritten numeral “86” on one side, most likely a former collector’s inventory identifier.  This is an excellent, clean specimen.  (0921) $275

 

.69 CALIBER BUCK AND BALL PAPER:  An excellent, complete .69 caliber Musket Buck and Ball Paper Cartridge, the paper wrapper is complete with no damage or breaks and includes the three pieces of buckshot, the round ball and the powder charge.  The thread tie at the point of the cartridge and at the divide between the buckshot and round ball is intact and the folded tail is present.  There is a tiny handwritten numeral “58” on one side, most likely a former collector’s inventory identifier.  This is an excellent, clean specimen.  (0919) $275

 

.69 CALIBER BUCK AND BALL PAPER:  An excellent, complete .69 caliber Musket Buck and Ball Paper Cartridge, the paper wrapper is complete with no damage or breaks and includes the three pieces of buckshot, the round ball and the powder charge.  The thread tie at the point of the cartridge and at the divide between the buckshot and round ball is intact and the folded tail is present. This is an excellent, clean specimen.  (0730) $275

 

.69 CALIBER BUCK AND BALL PAPER:  An excellent, complete .69 caliber Musket Buck and Ball Paper Cartridge, the paper wrapper is complete with no damage or breaks and includes the three pieces of buckshot, the round ball and the powder charge.  The thread tie at the point of the cartridge and at the divide between the buckshot and round ball is intact and the folded tail is present.  There is a tiny handwritten numeral “50” on one side, most likely a former collector’s inventory identifier.  This is an excellent, clean specimen.  (0920) $275

 

.69 CALIBER BUCK AND BALL PAPER:  An excellent, complete .69 caliber Musket Buck and Ball Paper Cartridge, the paper wrapper is complete with no damage or breaks and includes the three pieces of buckshot, the round ball and the powder charge.  The thread tie at the point of the cartridge and at the divide between the buckshot and round ball is intact and the folded tail is present.  There is a tiny handwritten numeral “48” on one side, most likely a former collector’s inventory identifier.  This is an excellent, clean specimen.  (0918) $275

 
 
 
 

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