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FRANKFORD ARSENAL 44 CALIBER “MARTIN PRIMED” AMMUNITION PACKETS FOR THE SMITH & WESSON ARMY REVOLVER – DATED JUNE 1871 – A VERY NICE EARLY PACKET:  Manufactured at the Frankford Arsenal in June of 1871, these 12 round boxes of .44 caliber ammunition were 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 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, these .44 Caliber pistol cartridge packets from the early Indian Wars period are key Frankford Arsenal specimens to add to your collection, and certainly ones that you’ll never regret owning. 

 

no. 1   .44 CALIBER “MARTIN PRIMED” AMMUNITION PACKET FOR THE S&W ARMY REVOLVER – DATED JUNE 1871 – A VERY REPRESENTATIVE PACKET:  This packet has seen some wear through the years, but is still a very representative example.  The packet was opened at one time and has since been resealed with the pull string still intact.  The label is scuffed, but it is complete and fully legible.  The packet is not fragile, is very tight, retains the proper form and shape, and the paper wrapper is in very good condition. 

As noted, the packet has been opened and resealed, but it was done very well and does not detract from the overall appearance of the packet. In the interest of a full description, please note that the weight of the full unopened packet above is 8.6 ounces.  The weight of this packet is 5.9 ounces.  The individual .44 S&W Martin Primed cartridges weigh approximately .7 ounces each, so doing the math, the difference in weight between the full packet listed above and this packet would indicate that this packet is missing three or four cartridges. I am not going to open it to find out, but the price of this packet reflects this shortage while acknowledging this is still a respectable representative example. (0514) $550

 

no. 2   44 CALIBER “MARTIN PRIMED” AMMUNITION PACKET FOR THE S&W ARMY REVOLVER – DATED JUNE 1871 – A VERY NICE EARLY PACKET:  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.  

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.  SOLD

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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