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FRANKFORD ARSENAL 44 CALIBER “MARTIN PRIMED” AMMUNITION PACKET FOR THE SMITH & WESSON ARMY REVOLVER – DATED JUNE 1871 – A VERY NICE EARLY PACKET:  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 collector’s market.    

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



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