.58 CALIBER GARDINER EXPLOSIVE BULLET FOUND NEAR TANEYTOWN

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Item Code: 462-193

This is a .58 caliber Gardiner explosive bullet. Samuel Gardiner received patent #40,468 on November 23, 1863 for his exploding bullet or “musket shell.”  This bullet has several distinctive characteristics.  It has a dark color because it was cast of pewter which was harder than lead and would fragment.  On good specimens, “S. Gardiner Jr. Shell Patent Secured” can be found in raised letters around the base.  No lettering is visible on this specimen. A fuse nozzle is visible in the cavity.  This nozzle leads to a powder-filled copper vessel in the center of the bullet.

This particular relic was recovered in a New York camp at Bridgeport, which is near Taneytown, MD. [jet]

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