The other morning a sunbeam was highlighting this little collection on our antique dropfront desk. The "I Like Ike" pin was something my Mom had as long as I can remember. I also found the bullet in her jewelry box. I have no idea where she got it. However, one evening I was looking through a catalog and saw a photo that looked just like it! It was a collection of Civil War Bullets. The description read, " Load your collection with these genuine relics from perhaps the most significant event in U.S. history. Set includes a musket ball and minie-bullet along with an exceedingly rare 'William's Cleaner' bullet and a .52-caliber Sharp's bullet (used only by cavalrymen). After more than 130 years of slow oxidation, the lead has acquired a white patina." The set was selling for $149.00 in a presentation case. Under the photo it also read, "Bullets have never been fired and were likely dropped by Civil War soldiers on the way to battle. They have been collected, with permission, on private property near Civil War battlefields. Set includes carbine rifle bullet, smooth bore musket bullet, musket minie ball and Williams Cleaner musket ball. According to the photo, mine looks like the Union Musket Minie ball.
If anyone has any knowledge to share, I would love to hear it!
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