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  • Benji
    started a topic Possible civil war stirrup and ball

    Possible civil war stirrup and ball

    I found the stirrup while landscaping and the ball found by my uncle....both in Tennessee....are these civil war relics? Click image for larger version

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  • Benji
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    That's fine with me kypoint.....let me know what u find out

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  • Kentucky point
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    Another thought I had, Benji, was that the Western Theater of the war had so many odd, weird and scarce bullet variations, that some are still being discovered today. I did not know that the cavity was that deep, but I still believe it is post war. I will post it on Treasurenet, if it's okay with you, and ask around. Somebody on there would know.

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  • Kentucky point
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    Pre war rounds were literally round. The overwhelming majority of rounds were .69 Cal. Roundballs. These were used from the invention of the gun, and used up until past the Mexican wars. The minie ball, which was conical shaped and elongated, was developed in 1826, but were not used a lot until the civil war. Read my reply below for another thought I had.

  • 2ndoldman
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    I am still thinking pre war.🤔

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  • Benji
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    Wanted to post additional photos of bullet.....one with a quarter to show size....also ky point mentioned most civil war bullets had a cone shape....this one does as well....didn't know if previous pics captured this....hopefully the additional pics will help in the id Click image for larger version

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  • Kentucky point
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    By the way, if you have a detector, you need to search that yard! If you don't, rent one. You never know what you could find there!

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  • Kentucky point
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    The stirrup looks correct for U.S. federal troops. But because there was such a large variety of Civil War stirrups, and given the locale, they may be confederate. Union is probably what those fit closer to.

    As for the bullet, it's huge! I want to put that in the post Civil War category because of it's lack of white patina, and more importantly it's base. Most bullets during the war had cone bases, meaning they weren't flat, but rather had a cone going up the base like this.

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    The caliber of the bullet however is huge! It was fired from a muzzle loader, (modern black powder) just not a Civil War musket.

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  • 2ndoldman
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    Ethan may be your best bet for information on the ball. To me it looks pre civil war, but what do I know. 🤔
    As Olden stated the stirrup looks period correct.

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  • Lindenmeier-Man
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    Kewl find... What caliber you thing the slug is ?

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  • Olden
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    The stirrup looks period correct: don't know if it was military issue.
    https://www.etsy.com/listing/6370835...r-era-stirrups
    https://www.google.com/search?client...JD2bC4#imgrc=_

    That boolit looks HUGE!

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