SCARCE EXCAVATED .69 CALIBER RIFLED MUSKET CARTRIDGE BY HAZARD POWDER COMPANY

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This is an excavated cartridge for .69 caliber rifled muskets made by the Hazard Powder Company.  Constructed using a regulation .69 caliber, 3-groove minie ball, Hazard used a powder charge that was moulded by pressure into a cake which was then attached to the bullet and waterproofed with collodion or shellac.  Cartridges were made by the Hazard Powder Company under Doremus & Budd’s patents #34,725 and #34,744 dated March 18 and 25, 1862.   An order for 500,000 of these cartridges was delivered to the Ordnance Department in mid-1862.

This specimen has a notation on one side stating “FAIRFAX STATION / .69 CAL.”  There is minor corrosion on the bullet, but overall is in good condition.  Complete excavated examples of these cartridges are rarely encountered, and actually proves the inventor’s claims of making a “waterproof cartridge”.  [jet]

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