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UNION METALLIC CARTRIDGE COMPANY GREEN LABEL BOX OF .44 -2   INCH CALIBER SHARPS RIFLE CARTRIDGES 10 ROUND BOX IN EXCELLENT CONDITION:  Also known as the .44 - 77 Sharps as introduced by Sharps in 1875, this is a very collectable .44-2 caliber Sharps Rifle ammunition cartridge box, bearing the desirable Union Metallic Cartridge company green label.    

The box is in excellent condition with a full, legible cover label as can be seen in the photographs below.  The box is full form, and while it has been opened, it shows very little evidence of the normal wear and tear to which these early boxes were subjected.  The end label has been cut to facilitate opening the box, with some loss of content, but the majority of the end label is present.  The seams of both the lid and the body are intact and the box holds its full form.   

All ten of the original cartridges in the box - full, complete loads, holding the classic 405 grain paper patched bullets, and all featuring the early UMC style raised ring around the large Berdan primer.  The original wrapping paper is present in between the cartridges.   

This is an excellent specimen of a fairly scarce full packet of the .44-77 cartridges far less common than the .40 and .45 cartridges - bearing the desirable Sharps Rifle reference on the label.  Due to the popularity of this cartridge, these packets of .44-77 were apparently consumed at a higher rate and they do not appear on the collector market very often particularly in the ten round packets.  This box will make a nice addition to display with your rifle.  SOLD



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