EXPERIMENTAL CARTRIDGE BOX FOR 56-50 SPENCER AMMUNITION

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Item Code: 490-2796

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Black bridle leather cartridge box that looks very much like a US Civil War issue cavalry carbine box. The shape of the body and the flap appear to be the same. It has both roller buckles and the finial at bottom as well as the implement pocket on the inside.

The differences start with the latch tab. The original placement of the latch tab on the outer flap was clearly lowered to accommodate a higher wood block on the interior. The tab is attached in the usual way, with a rivet and arched stitching, but clearly visible above it is the ghost of the removed rivet and arched stitching.

The interior has no second flap. The ears which are normally found on the edges of the interior flap are sewn directly to the underside of the outer flap.

The wood block is rather large meas. approx. 7.25 x 1.25 x 3.25 inches. The top of the block is drilled to told twenty 56-50 Spencer cartridges. The underside of the block is also drilled to hold another twenty cartridges for a total of forty in all. Nailed to one side of the wood block is a leather flap which folds over the twenty rounds at the bottom and fastens to a brass stud on the opposite side of the block.

The leather throughout the box shows surface finish loss from wear and rubbing against other items while in storage. The latch tab is split and one of the back side seams has come loose. Reverse has both of the belt loops but they also show heavy wear.

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