VERY NICE ELEY’S WIRE SHOT

$55.00

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Item Code: 1219-09

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A colorful paper container with printed advertising and labels. Round label on the end reads, “ELEY’S / Improved Patent Wire Cartridge / No. 1”.  Contains a wire “basket” filled with shot. Measures 1.5” x 0.75”

A patent for a ‘wire cartridge’ was lodged with the English patent office in 1827 by Joshua Jenour (patent No. 5570). The rights to this were bought by Eley Bros in 1828.

Eley’s patent wire cartridges were a muzzle-loading shot concentrator that allowed for the shot fired from shotguns to retain its spherical form longer before expanding which allowed greater range and regularity in each shot.

Instructions for the use of Patent Wire Cartridges explain: “The charge of powder having been put into the barrel, take one of the cartridges and, after throwing aside the outer case, insert it with the end marked ‘TOP’ uppermost. Ram down smartly and should the wadding attached to the cartridge fit rather loose, an extra wadding of the proper size may be placed on the top without injury to the shooting. In using cartridges with double guns the usual precaution of occasionally ascertaining if the charge is home is necessary. Particularly where the second barrel has been shaken by repeated discharges from the first.”  [jet] [ph:L]

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