I’m a cartridge collector interested ammunition that is in current use, but a few days ago a fellow offered to sell me a Gatling Gun cartridge.
He says that this cartridge was from the Battle of Batoche during the Riel Rebellion in Saskatchewan Canada. He further claims that he is a descendent of a NWMP officer who fought in that battle and that this cartridge was passed down to him by his father who was the grandson of the NWMP officer who first acquired the cartridge.
I haven’t seen it but from what he tells me it is from a Gatling Gun owned by a Lieutenant A.L. Howard of the Connecticut National Guard. As near as I can determine, it is most likely a 30. 03 cartride and the description the present owner gives supports this as does the story of it being used in the Riel rebellion at the Battle of Batoche.
I suspect, from the conversations we have had, that he is telling me the truth. However, he has no documentation to prove the origin of this cartridge. He can however prove that his ancestor was indeed a member of the NWMP and that this Officer was present at Batoche during the battle.
Since this is way out of my field of expertise I was hoping that someone here could tell me what would be a fare offer for this cartridge given it’s history.
He claims it has the Word Gatling as a headstamp.
I did tell him I would pay $50.00 for this cartridge if no one else want it, if I can verify it is indeed a 30. 03 cartridge.
I told him I could not afford to pay for it’s historic value, if it turns out that he could prove that it was used in the Battle of Patoche.
I’m not sure my offer is a fair one, plus, since I know so little about these things I’m a bit afraid I may be offering way tooo much.
What do you folks think.
Remember, this is one of the first chamberings offered in Gatling guns. This is not one of the later 1 inch cartridges.