CRATE FOR ARTILLERY SHELLS MADE INTO TRUNK

$750.00 ON HOLD

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Item Code: 775-04

This heavy wood crate was for Civil War artillery shells. It remains in good condition. It measures approximately 20” (plus handles) x 13” x 12” with dovetailed corners.

Original lid is now attached by two iron hinges to the box. A leather strap remains attached as a lid “stop”. A latch from a trunk lock is still attached to the lid. The corresponding lock is missing from the box, while mortised area where it once was, remains. One of the original rope handles remains on the end. The exterior is olive drab while the interior remains natural wood color.

Inside of the lid is clearly stenciled “WATERTOWN ARSENAL / NOV. 1862”.

All other original stenciling on the outsides of the crate is well-worn and for most part only random letters can be viewed. Ends stenciled, “8 [ROU]NDS / (random visible letters) / SOLID SHOT”.

Front of crate bears old white stencil, looks to have been a three-line address for trunk owner, where last part is the state, “MICH”. Additionally, a black stencil that reads in part “GOOD MUSKET” was possibly done at Bannerman’s and the box reused to store parts.

Wood remains strong with no rot.

This is an early (1862) marked artillery crate.   [jet] [ph:L]

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