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MADE “EXPRESSLY FOR SHARPS RIFLES” - UNION METALLIC CARTRIDGE COMPANY GREEN LABEL BOX OF .45 - 27/8”– 105 GRAIN “STRAIGHT” CALIBER SHARPS RIFLE CARTRIDGES – 5 ROUND BOX IN VERY GOOD CONDITION:  The .45-105 Sharps Straight one of a series of basically the same cartridge introduced by Sharps in 1876, with additional lengths begin added to the series in 1877 and 1879.  The principle difference in the cartridges was the case length, the powder charge, and the bullet weight.   

The longest cartridge case of this series, this is the very collectable .45 - 2 7/8” (105) caliber Straight Sharps Rifle five round cartridge box, bearing the desirable Union Metallic Cartridge company green label. As indicated on the label, these cartridges are loaded with the 550 grain paper patched bullets.      

The box is in very good condition with a full, legible cover label as can be seen in the photographs below.  The box is full form, showing very little evidence of the normal wear and tear to which these early boxes were subjected, and the label shows a minimal amount of shelf wear.  The seams of both the lid and the body are intact and the box holds its full form. 

All five of the original cartridges are present and are loaded with the classic 550 grain paper patched bullets.  The cartridges are wrapped in the original beige packing paper.   

Specimens of these boxes are almost nonexistent in the collector’s market and this is a particularly nice specimen bearing the desirable Sharps Rifle reference on the label.  Seldom offered for sale, this box will make a nice addition to display with your rifle.  (0247)  $975



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