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U.S. Model 1864 Cartridge Box, maker marked

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This is another nice item being offered which was part of a large Civil War collection I acquired; it is a U.S. Model 1864 Cartridge Box. It measures 7.2in. X 1.7in. X 5.2in. The Cartridge box has the "US" embossed on the outer flap. These boxes discontinued the use of the earlier ornamental brass U.S. box plate, but examples such as this still contained slots in the leather to add one on if desired – possibly done by the soldier himself.

This pattern has an inside flap covering the implements, plus second flap covering the tins. This was the last cartridge box for the rifled musket; weapon development was moving to breech loaders of smaller caliber. Belt straps are centered, sewn and riveted.  Latch tab is sewn and riveted, brass finial is pear shaped with a point.  Two iron roller buckles are sewn and riveted.

The outer flap and some other areas had some flaking but it is now stabilized and overall the leather is flexible. Very faintly embossed on the front flap is “R WHITE / U.S ORD DEPT / SUB INSPECTOR”, other examples I had of this box allowed me to make it out. 

A manufacturer mark is nicely embossed on the back leather with “S.H. Young & Co. / Newark N.J.”. They had contracts with the government to produce leather cap boxes and cartridge boxes during the war.

Overall the box is intact with straps, latch tab, buckles and inner flaps. As with many of these boxes, the tins are missing – usually removed by the soldier to have quicker access to his cartridges. This is a great example and a real necessity for just about any Civil War collection.

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