WOOLWICH ARSENAL TIN WITH ENGLISH PERCUSSION CAPS

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Item Code: M25672

This arsenal-packed tin measures 5” in diameter x 4 ¾” high. Lid is marked “1050 / Percussion Caps / W [broad arrow] D”. This is a product of the Royal Laboratory at Woolwich, England. Lid is connected to the container on the inside with a length of twine so the lid is not misplaced. Container has original paper label for “Percussion Caps / H.P.” and 1864 inspection dates, which match date on caps. (One open pack shows caps stamped with the year of manufacture, “64”, on the top as prescribed by English regulation.) The new Hard Pressure (HP) cap was introduced in 1861 as stronger percussion caps were needed to ignite new combustible carbine ammunition.

The tin still contains seven “pulp” bags of percussion caps. Each package was to contain 15 copper percussion caps.  Packages are full of caps and twisted close at the top; one has tear at top and allows a view of the caps. Tin, paper label, and packs of caps are all in very nice condition. These tin/zinc containers were for British land service.

This is possibly a unique opportunity to acquire an original British percussion cap container, with several packages of caps, as manufactured at Woolwick arsenal in 1864.  See “The British Soldier’s Firearm” by Rhodes, pages 150-151, 250.  [jet]

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