18-ROUND BELT MOUNTED TIN-TUBE CARTRIDGE BOX WITH FOUR CARTRIDGES STILL IN PLACE, UNTOUCHED FOR ABOUT 200 YEARS

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These small belt mounted cartridge boxes with tin cartridge tubes occasionally show up still on early dragoon saber belts of the 1820s and early 1830s and are sometimes labeled pistol cartridge boxes. Early pommel holsters, however, often had small pouches sewn to the exterior holding five rounds in similar tin tubes and these belt mounted boxes are more likely for carbines or musketoons. This one is in rough shape, but still retains the remnants of rounds in four of the tubes. Some of the cartridge paper is evident and oxidized lead from the bullets shows as white. One of the tubes plainly shows the small buckshot of a buck-and-ball round.

The tin tubes were fashioned separately and then joined with a minimal bit of solder. Several show small holes near the top for stitching in place the thin leather box around them. The body shows tears and losses, and the cover, while present, is detached. There were certainly narrow belt loops on the reverse, which are likewise gone. These boxes are scarce in any condition, however, and this one, while rough, is “right out of the woodwork,” and still has some of the original cartridges in it. You can’t get more “untouched.”  [sr]

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