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FRANKFORD ARSENAL .45/70 CARBINE & RIFLE AMMUNITION PACKETS – INTERNALLY PRIMED COPPER CASES – RARE EARLY DATED PACKETS IN EXCELLENT CONDITION:  A rare offering, these early Frankford Arsenal 20 round packets of .45-70 caliber ammunition were produced for the newly adopted Model 1873 Springfield Trapdoor Carbines and Rifles.  These internally primed cartridges were packaged in packets of this pattern from early 1874 through early 1877 – a fairly short run - and as a result, these early dated cartons are quite rare and are not regularly available on the collector’s market.  With the exception of the one week production of cartridges headstamped “US CARBINE”, the cartridges produced during this period were not headstamped.

These are key early Indian War era ammunition packets to display with your early production Springfield Carbine or Rifle, or in a grouping of Indian War accoutrements, and would also be a significant addition an ammunition collection.     

I have the packets described and pictured below. 

 

No. 1  FRANKFORD ARSENAL .45/70 CARBINE AMMUNITION PACKET – INTERNALLY PRIMED COPPER CASES – DATED OCTOBER 1874 – A RARE EARLY FIRST YEAR OF PRODUCTION PACKET IN EXCELLENT CONDITION:  Manufactured in the first year of production, this packet is in excellent 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.   (0422)  $2500

 

No. 2  FRANKFORD ARSENAL .45/70 CARBINE AMMUNITION PACKET – INTERNALLY PRIMED COPPER CASES – DATED MAY 1876 – A RARE EARLY PRODUCTION PACKET IN EXCELLENT CONDITION – PRODUCED IMMEDIATELY BEFORE THE LITTLE BIG HORN:  Manufactured at the Frankford Arsenal in May of 1876, this 20 round box of .45-70 caliber Carbine ammunition was produced a month before the Battle of the Little Big Horn.  While the timing would have been tight, it is entirely possible and well within the capabilities of the army supply system, that packets from this production were rushed out west to supply the three columns preparing to take the field against the hostile Sioux, including the 7TH Cavalry at Ft. Abraham Lincoln.   

This packet is in excellent 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.  (0424)  $2500

 

No. 3  FRANKFORD ARSENAL 45/70 AMMUNITION CARTON – DATED 1874 – EARLY RARE BOX:  This 20 round box of .45-70 Rifle ammunition was manufactured at the Frankford Arsenal in November of 1874, the second year of production of ammunition for the newly adopted Model 1873 Trapdoors.  A rare specimen, these early dated cartons that contained the internally primed cartridges that were not headstamped do not show up often on the collector’s market.   

The box was carefully opened and the cartridges were removed.  The top, front, back and bottom are all original and intact, as are the original cartridge dividers.  The two end panels were replaced a long time ago and are well matched, to the point that you really have to pay attention to see that they are replacements.  I think these early packets made in 1873-1874, like the 1868-1873 dated 50-70 packets, did not have the cardboard end panels, rather the exterior paper wrapper that also included the label was folded around the ends and glued down.  Any abuse or rough handling through the years would damage these ends, and that is what I believe happened in this case.  By 1876 these packets were being made with the cardboard panels in the ends and this problem was solved.  

The box is still in very good, clean condition with solid seams, no misshaping, and the top is still present and attached.  The label is still present and fully legible. 

This very rare, early Indian War box and would be a significant addition to a display of your early production Springfield Trapdoor or your ammunition collection. (0201)  $250

 

No. 4  FRANKFORD ARSENAL .45/70 RIFLE AMMUNITION PACKET – INTERNALLY PRIMED COPPER CASES – DATED SEPTEMBER 1874 – A RARE EARLY FIRST YEAR OF PRODUCTION PACKET IN VERY NICE CONDITION:  Manufactured at the Frankford Arsenal in first year of production -  September of 1874 - this packet is in very nice condition.  While still sealed with the pull string still intact, upper right rear corner was peeled away - probably by some early collector to see what was inside.  The label is complete and fully legible, the edges are sharp, all of the seams are intact, and the packet is very solid.  

While not readily known by collectors, these packets of rifle ammunition were not only supplied to the infantry, but were regularly provided to the cavalry troopers armed with the Model 1873 Springfield Carbines.  Although the Ordnance Department produced cartridges with the reduced powder charge of 55 grains specifically to lessen the recoil in the lighter carbines, the extreme distances encountered on the frontier caused even the mounted soldiers to request the rifle ammunition with the heavier, and hence more powerful, 70 grain powder charge.  A rifle cartridge packet would be entirely appropriate to display with a Springfield Trapdoor Carbine.   (0402)  $1850  

 

No. 5  FRANKFORD ARSENAL .45/70 RIFLE AMMUNITION PACKET – INTERNALLY PRIMED COPPER CASES – DATED JANUARY 1882 – EXCELLENT CONDITION:  Manufactured at the Frankford Arsenal in what would be the last year of production -1882 - of the internally primed cartridges, this packet is in excellent condition.  The packet is still sealed 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.  

While not readily known by collectors, these packets of rifle ammunition were not only supplied to the infantry, but were regularly provided to the cavalry troopers armed with the Model 1873 Springfield Carbines.  Although the Ordnance Department produced cartridges with the reduced powder charge of 55 grains specifically to lessen the recoil in the lighter carbines, the extreme distances encountered on the frontier caused even the mounted soldiers to request the rifle ammunition with the heavier, and hence more powerful, 70 grain powder charge.  A rifle cartridge packet would be entirely appropriate to display with a Springfield Trapdoor Carbine.   

Any of these Frankford Arsenal packets of internally primed .45-70 cartridges are becoming very difficult to find and this excellent specimen is a very affordable opportunity to add such a packet to your collection.  (0411)  $585 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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