FRANKFORD ARSENAL 44
“MARTIN PRIMED” AMMUNITION PACKET FOR THE SMITH & WESSON
ARMY REVOLVER – DATED JUNE 1871 – A VERY NICE
Manufactured at the Frankford Arsenal in June of 1871,
this 12 round box of .44 caliber ammunition was produced
for the Smith & Wesson “American” Revolvers in use by
the army. As Smith &Wesson American revolvers were in use for a
relatively brief period, these early Indian War packets
are fairly rare and are not regularly available on the
This packet is in very good condition, still sealed and
with the pull string still intact. The label is
complete and fully legible. The edges are sharp, all of
the seams are intact, and the packet is very solid.
The packet is
not fragile, is very tight, retains the proper form and
shape, and the paper wrapper is in very good condition.
There is some indication in the top panel and on the top
edge of the front panel that the packet may have been
pressed, perhaps due to the weight of being packed in
the crate, and the top edges may have been repaired.
If so, it was done very well and does not detract from
the overall appearance of the packet.
This is a rare
opportunity to acquire one of these early packets in
this condition. Whether you own a Smith & Wesson
revolver at this time or not, this .44 Caliber pistol
cartridge packet from the early Indian Wars period is a
key Frankford Arsenal specimen to add to your
collection, and certainly one that you’ll never regret
owning. Finding another in this condition will be a
tall order if you pick up an American in the future, so
give this one some serious thought before you let it
slip away. (0515) $950