BULLET STRUCK M1839 CARTRIDGE BOX WITH SLING AND PLATES

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Item Code: 490-1686

This cartridge box is an example of the "Pattern 1839” infantry cartridge box. Outer flap exhibits some light crazing and an oval “US” box plate remains mounted in the center. Closing tab is stitched to the underside of the flap and remains complete and unbroken. The inner flap is strongly stamped “JEWELL / MAKER”. This flap covers the two inner cartridge tins that remain, but were damaged by the bullet’s path. This inner flap retains both “ears” that are tightly attached. Two initials are carved onto the flap. The implement pouch is present and complete. Some stitching on the upper right corner of this inner pouch has separated due to the bullet path. The stitching on the overall body of the box is tight and remains strong.  There are no belt loops on this pattern, but the two straps for the shoulder strap are in place…both showing “pulls” from field use.  An unusually pointy brass finial on the bottom.  Iron buckles remain in place.

This cartridge box was shot through with a bullet!  The left side has a clear bullet hole. The hole appears small but is just due to leather stretch/shrink as the corresponding damage to the tin in that spot on the inside is typical of a large round. The tin at this entry hole has several jagged points “peeled” inwards. The bullet path then traveled through both tins which must have split all the soldered joints as all the inner dividers of the tins have been removed. Finally the bullet tore into the leather where the implement pouch is attached. There is a chunk of leather missing from this area.

Box measures approximately 7” x 1 ¾” x 5”. The two tin inserts held musket cartridges.  Leather is in very good condition. Only the inner flap is somewhat stiff.

A woven shoulder strap is attached to the box through the loops and buckled at the bottom. This strap is nicely woven cotton with a dark brown pattern running through the center. Leather pieces are sewn to the ends for strength were the strap is buckled. Wear and stretching indicate this strap is original to the box. A brass clipped-corner breast plate is mounted on the front of the strap. A brass “8” is mounted on the plate. The dull patina of this plates matches the patina on the “US” box plate.

This could easily be a Confederate used cartridge box…AND struck by a bullet!!!   [jet]

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