WATERTOWN ARSENAL MARKED AND 1863 DATED U.S. CAP BOX

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Item Code: 1054-1270

Accouterments produced at U.S. arsenals are much scarcer than those produced by contractors. Products of the Watertown arsenal have the additional distinction of being datable by the arsenal stamp. In this case the inner flap of the cap box is clearly and boldly stamped “WATERTOWN / ARSENAL / 1863,” indicating its actual year of production, which is, needless to say, in time for some of the most famous battles of the war.

The black finish is good overall, with just minor wear spots or crazing from flexing and just a small bit of loss at lower right of the inner flap. The belt loops are in place and secure. They show stretching from actually being worn on a soldier’s waist belt. Some collectors prefer pristine accouterments that are unissued, but field-used gear has a real appeal and this also retains its inner strip of fleece. These were sewn along the upper inside back edge of every cap box to prevent percussion caps from being jostled out if the soldier left the pouch unfastened, and they have usually been consumed by moths from even the most pristine boxes. The box also still has its small wire vent pick, used to clear debris from the vent that might accumulate after repeated firing.

This a very good example of an issued, dated and arsenal marked Union cap pouch.  [sr]

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