JOSIAH KING’S PATENT CARTRIDGE BOX

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A nice example of one of the cartridge box patents developed and submitted to compete in the arms and equipment trials of the early Indian War period, this King’s patent cartridge box is in good overall condition showing only light signs of wear.

This box is designed to carry thirty .45-70 cartridges. An unmarked outer flap covers all and is closed with a leather tab and a brass finial like Civil War pouches. Under this flap, loops for ten cartridges are found on the front side of the inner portion of the box. Two additional tabs (with brass finials) are found on the left and right sides of the box. When released, these allow the inner portion of the box to “unfold” exposing the loops that would hold twenty more cartridges. Two thin belt loops are on the back terminating with two more brass finials on the bottom of the box.

Clearly stamped on the back of the box are, “JOSIAH R. KING’S / PAT. NOV. 15, 1870 / WM. TILESTON, ASSIGNEE” and “AGENTS / SCHUYLER, HARTLEY & GRAHM / NEW YORK”.

The cartridge box is complete with all of the closing tabs, finials, belt loops, and cartridge loops. All stitching remains intact. The leather surfaces are slightly “waxy” from leather preservative but otherwise in good condition.

Indian War experimental and patented cartridge boxes are not common and specimens like this King box are a rare addition to any collection.  [jet] [ph:L]

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