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Union Civil War Cartridge Box with sling, maker-marked


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This is another nice item being offered, it is a .58 caliber Union Cartridge Box with sling. It is the "Pattern 1861", and when issued was ornamented with the brass "US" boxplate. This pattern has two inside flaps, one covering the two tins and the other the front implement pouch. Both flaps and closing strap remain, however the smaller cover of the implement pouch is gone (remnants of the sewing remain).

The belt straps on the back of the box are centered, sewn and riveted. Latch tab is sewn only, brass finial is round with a point. The two iron roller buckles remain and are sewn in place. The maker mark appears twice on both side panels, "C.S. STORMS / MAKER N.Y.", (faint on one side). Christian S. Storms received contracts for 15,000 .58 caliber cartridge boxes in 1862. The box measures 7.2in. X 1.7in. X 5.2in. (for .58 cal. elongated ball).

The leather sling is in rough condition, but original – most didn’t survive. There are a couple repairs/reinforcements, but the original length. The box is a little stiff yet but has been treated with a leather preservative – I would suggest a couple more treatments. The U.S. box plate is missing but the vague outline is still visible. Many soldiers discarded these plates to lessen their load because basically they were only ornamental.

This is not a surplus piece but one that was used during the war and a real bonus when the original tins remain (most are missing). Overall, it is close to relic condition, but still a great piece when used for display. No collection is complete without a cartridge box, this one is far from pristine, but an excellent representation of what the soldiers carried, and it is priced accordingly.  

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