BOYD AND SONS CARTRIDGE BOX PLATE

$325.00

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Item Code: 766-1569

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Introduced in 1839 to be ornamental and functional, the cartridge box plate was made of stamped, rolled brass with a lead solder filled back and served to keep the box flap down even if the soldier left it unlatched. The face shows some traces of its gilt finish but mostly an aged brass tone mixed with rubs, stains and paint drop or two from storage in a basement or garage, but no dents or dings. The iron loops are in place on the reverse and the lead solder fill shows a nice even gray surface with clear Boyd & Sons / Boston stamp. The edge of this one is generally good, with no notches, but the lower face shows two or three small dings at right and two somewhat larger ones at left, which have produced a slight wave to the bottom edge when looked at from below.

The Boyd company was in business in Boston from 1818 dealing in leather gear and had army contracts for accoutrements as early as the Mexican War and was a major supplier in the Civil War. The arched “Boyd and Sons / Boston” backmark was introduced in the 1850s and apparently replaced in 1864 by a straight line stamp (See O’Donnell and Campbell.) The letter style is also known from their early-war plates and the plate does not have the U.S. and inspector’s name stamps required for suppliers to the Springfield Armory in 1864.

Cartridge box plates were declared obsolete in July 1864 with the introduction of infantry cartridge boxes with a less expensive oval / US embossed on the outer flap, but in fact remained in service throughout the war. Most examples are not marked. This is nicely identifiable to a well-known maker.   [SR][PH:M]

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