SCARCE .36 CALIBER TINFOIL CARTRIDGE BY ELEY, LONDON

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This is a very rare cartridge dating to before the Civil War. Made by Eley Brothers in London, this is a .36 caliber pistol cartridge with a tinfoil powder case. The cartridge was then packed in a protective paper case with cloth tear strip. An orange label is pasted to the bottom of the paper case and reads, “ELEY LONDON”.

The lead bullet shows very little oxidation. The tinfoil used was so thin that cracks are inevitable. This specimen exhibits fine cracks which have been stabilized with a thin coat of watered-down white glue. The cartridge is now completely stable. The protective case has a tear down one side but is still fully displayable. Brown cloth strip and orange label remain in fine condition.

Samuel Colt started experimenting with tinfoil cartridges in the U.S. around 1840 as a method to produce cartridges that were more resistant to dampness. The U.S. Military tested the cartridges and ordered a large quantity for further evaluation and to try them in field service. Beside his factories in the U.S., Colt also established a factory in London in 1853.

While Samuel Colt was in London, he connected with William T. Eley, who was in the business of making cartridges in England. Together, they developed these tinfoil cartridges (like offered here) and were granted British patent #1324 in 1855.

This is an interesting and very rare revolver cartridge.  [jet] [ph:jet]

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