EXCELLENT CONDITION AMERICAN FEDERAL PERIOD CARTRIDGE BOX

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Item Code: 1097-85

This American cartridge box dates about 1790 to 1815, has a wonderful look, and is in great condition. It is set up for carrying on a waist belt with two vertical leather belt loops on the reverse, sewn into the horizontal seam at the top and onto the exterior lower edge. The side panels are “tombstone” shaped, each having two tacks that secure the interior block in place. The block is bored to hold twenty-four cartridges, the minimum number required for men serving in the enrolled militia during the period. The front face of the body has an implement or flint pocket sewn to it.

The box has a single flap that is quite showy, being deeply scalloped to form three points and is fitted with a floral brass escutcheon at center. The flap was secured by a leather tab fastening over a flat brass finial on the bottom of the box. The finial and latch tab are there, but the stitching securing the tab to the box flap has given way. The condition is excellent. The leather shows just minor scuffs, oxidation toward brown and minor wrinkles to the flap from flexing. The box is nicely untouched, with no leather dressing or treatments applied. This would look great with a flintlock musket of the period.  [sr]

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