U.S. PATTERN 1861 CARTRIDGE BOX AND PLATE

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This Civil War leather accoutrement is a Federal Pattern of 1861 rifle musket cartridge box used to hold forty, .58 caliber paper cartridges. Brass US “box” plate is present. This cartridge box was the type issued to Federal infantry through the 1860s.

The large outer flap has its oval, brass box plate with a bordered rim with two letters “US” on the face. The fine condition plate has acquired a very pleasing patina. Plate is secured on the inside of the flap with piece of thread. Sewn to the outer flap, in a straight line, is the leather closure latch tab. This tab is well-worn and broken. A round brass finial on the box bottom was used to secure the tab. The outer flap exhibits moderate cracking to the finish.

The implement pouch on the inside is complete but stiff and also exhibits finish loss. The inner flap is marked “R. NESE” and only retains both of the side “ears”. The two cartridge tins are missing.

One of the japanned black roller buckles that secure the shoulder strap to the bottom of the box remains, the other is missing. Backside of box has all belt and strap loops present.

This well-used, M1861 cartridge box is a good displayable example of Civil War infantry equipment.  [jet] [ph:L]

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