RELIC CONDITION CARTRIDGE BOX FROM THE KEN BREAM COLLECTION OF GETTYSBURG ARTIFACTS

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Item Code: 1163-183

Box is a Pattern 1861 for .58 ammunition. The leather surface has dried and the finish has crackled and much of the original finish is gone.

The outer flap has some flaking surface finish at center with the rest showing the natural surface of the leather. The latch tab is missing but it was sewn to the box by a single line of thread. At center are holes for a box plate that is now gone, however one of the iron loops from the plate remains in the hole.

The inner flap is like the outer but with more finish present. Both ears are also present. The implement pocket flap is present but the pocket itself is gone. There are no tins in the box which has cause one side of the box to collapse.

The underside of the box has only one roller buckle and no finial. The back has both the sling and the belt loops.

Box is from the collection of local Gettysburg resident and relic hunter Ken Bream. Mr. Bream was born and raised in Gettysburg and grew up in a house right next to the famous Peach Orchard. He graduated from Gettysburg High School and for a while worked for Johnny Johnson who owned the General Longstreet’s Headquarters Museum which once stood on Seminary Ridge, right along Confederate Avenue near the Longstreet Headquarters marker. Mr. Bream obtained some relics from this now defunct museum (ex- S. Edward Swope / Franklin Swope collection) and dug many more on private property surrounding the battlefield and on the Confederate approach and retreat routes. This box was obtained from the auction of Mr. Bream’s collection in October of 2021 and still retains the lot number tag of “340.”  [ad] [ph:L]

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