CIVIL WAR FEDERAL LIMBER OR AMMUNITION CHEST

$2,950.00

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Item Code: M24717

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These wooden chests, utilized to transport and store artillery projectiles in the field, were mounted on the wheeled, horse drawn limber; additionally, they served as seating for three artillerymen.

These chests had two large iron handles that were utilized to lift the chest, as well as serving as grips or supports for the limber seated gunners. An empty chest, like this one, weighs approximately 185 pounds. A fully loaded chest could have weighed well over 500 pounds, dependent upon the type of projectiles contained within the chest.

The approximate measurements for this chest are 44” x 22” x 17”…with iron handles above this.

This example remains in good condition, retaining its original iron hardware including the pair of handles, the reinforcing straps, the attachment straps for affixing to the limber, the kick plate and the lock hasp. All iron is in very good shape with just light surface pitting. The cast brass, spinning lock tang remains as well.

An original copper sheet covering the lid of the chest remains. This may be a period replacement as evidenced by the many additional nail holes, but it is an original Civil War-era copper cover. There is a small cutout in the copper directly behind the iron lock hasp. The wood body of the chest is good and solid; one split across floor of chest. There is some splitting and small loss of wood on the edge of the lid behind one of the rear hinges. The central divider remains and some of the other divider “guides” remain.

One authority suggested that this chest started life for a James rifle and was altered for use with a 3” rifle. This opinion may be due to the measurements or the placement of dividers. Regardless, 3” circular wear patterns on the floor of the chest show it was filled with rounds for 3” guns.

The exterior of the chest has been recently repainted green and the interior varnished. An incorrect reproduction Table of Fire was mounted to the underside of the lid when this refinishing was done. While this rare piece would display well as it is, this limber chest would benefit from a proper restoration.

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