EARLY PISTOL CARTRIDGE BOX 1830s-1840s

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This is a nice example of an American militia cartridge box of the first half of the 19th century. Made of black leather, the flap was painted, likely to give it an easy to maintain shiny surface. The lower front was mounted with a convex one-piece eagle-I button, still preserving some of its tarnished silver finish on the left edge and in recesses near the raised areas. The details of the eagle are very strong. We have not tried to check the backmark and see no point in risking damage to do so, but it is fairly close to some of Tice’s GI200 buttons and certainly dates 1830 to early 1840s. The button was a decorative touch. The box was closed by means of flat hook mounted inside the flap, but now missing, that engaged a metal catch on the bottom of the body, still in place. The interior contains 13 tinned iron tubes for paper cartridges, arranged 7 and 6 in the trapezoidal body and the rear of the box is fitted with two belt loops.

This is likely a pistol cartridge box for a mounted militia company (despite the infantry button,) though it could have served also for cartridges for a light carbine or musketoon, since during this period pistols were still being carried in saddle holsters usually carrying small pouches with five or so magazine tubes attached to the holster body. Volunteer militia companies, however, set their own regulations for uniforms and equipment, so you can’t be too rigid about it.

The condition is very good. The painted surface of the flap shows some wear and areas of wrinkling to the finish, but still shows well. The belt loops also show some wear, but are secure. The rear seam along the flap shows some losses and short tears, but the flap is in place.

Pre-Civil War militia gear has a great deal of visual appeal, variety, and historical interest.    [sr] [ph:m]

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