NAVAL LABORATORY CRATE FOR BUCK SHOT CARTRIDGES

$650.00
Originally $750.00

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Item Code: 853-73

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Dovetailed wooden crate that meas. approx. 13.25 inches long x 8.00 inches wide x 8.50 inches high. The wood has much of the original dark finish but is worn on the edges and lid. There are also numerous minor scratches dings and dents as to be expected on a wooden box this old.

The lid has two brass hinges at the back that are in very good condition. The top front edge of the lid has two mortises meant to receive heavy brass escutcheons that take a spanner bolt that holds the lid closed. Only one of the escutcheons and screws remains. There is a closed crack running along the lid behind the escutcheons.

The front of the box is stenciled with “NAVAL LABORATORY WASHINGTON” in an oval with “BUCK SHOT CARTD’GS” at center. All lettering is white and though worn here and there is very readable. As stated above the lid is worn but it has several readable letters stenciled on it. What is visible is “...KET RIFL…” which no doubt read “MUSKET RIFLE.”

Upon lifting the lid there is a wonderful stencil on the underside that reads “ORDNANCE LABORATORY / U. S. N. YARD / WASHINGTON.” Attached to the lid below and to the right of this stencil is an old paper label that has darkened with age. Witten in faint period ink on the label is “APRIL 1859 / INSPECTED.”

The interior of the box is lined with orange painted tin. The top of the front edge has two brass escutcheons with screw holes to receive the spanner screws in the lid.

The very bottom of the box has some minor wood loss and two green felt dots to keep the box from rubbing on surfaces. These were added by a previous owner and can probably be removed.

This crate has a wonderful untouched look and is a wonderful addition to any Civil War Navy collection.  [ad]

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