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FULL BOXES OF .44 COLT PISTOL CARTRIDGES – WINCHESTER, UNION METALLIC CARTRIDGE & REMINGTON – A SCARCE SELECTION OF SOME VERY NICE SPECIMENS FRESH FROM AN OLD COLLECTION:  Found as a group in an old, well established collection, this is very nice offering of late 1800’s and early 1900’s full boxes of the desirable .44 Colt caliber revolver cartridges.  Introduced as a US Army cartridge in 1871 with the Colt Richards Conversion revolvers, the .44 Colt proved to be a durable cartridge through the late 1800’s and commercial loadings were still offered in the early 1900’s before it finally was declared obsolete.

Relatively scarce today, these boxes have survived in remarkably nice condition and would display well with your .44 Colt revolver.  Each of these boxes is individually described below and accompanied by detailed photographs.

NOTE:  For individual cartridges in these calibers and by these civilian manufacturers, click on this link for available offerings:  INDIVIDUAL CIVILIAN CARTRIDGES

 

No. 1 – UNION METALLIC CARTRIDGE COMPANY .44 COLT CENTER FIRE CARTRIDGES – UNOPENED FULL BOX - VERY NICE EARLY PRODUCTION “CARTRIDGE PICTURE” LABELED BOX:  Manufactured by the Union Metallic Cartridge Company, this unopened, complete, full box bears the very collectable “Cartridge Picture” label, which features an image of the cartridge with the legend “.44 COLT’S” superimposed on the cartridge.  The use of “CENTRAL FIRE” rather than “CENTER FIRE” on the top label indicates this box was manufactured prior to 1885 and is one of the very desirable early production runs.  

The box has not been opened and the exterior wrapper is still intact.  The box has been compressed under the weight of other boxes in storage and the wrapper has separated in a few spots, but overall is still intact.  The top label is complete and legible, showing very minor wear and still retaining the bright label coloring. The side and end labels on the wrapper are all intact and legible, as is the U.M.C. guarantee on the bottom of the box.   The box is very solid and retains its shape with sharp edges. 

It is interesting that one of the side label on the wrapper carries the legend "RIFLE CARTRIDGES" when the .44 Colt Cartridge was strictly a pistol cartridge.  This mislabeling was a subterfuge carried out by U.M.C., Winchester, and apparently other ammunition manufacturers, in order to circumvent special taxes and increased regulations that some states - predominantly those in the Southeastern U.S. – began to levy on pistol ammunition beginning in the 1880’s. 

Full, unopened boxes with complete legible labels and the original cartridges from this era are becoming increasingly difficult to find, and this box is a particularly nice example.  (0131) $525

 

No. 2 - WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS COMPANY .44 COLT CENTER FIRE CARTRIDGES – FULL BOX - VERY NICE “CARTRIDGE PICTURE” LABELED BOX :  Manufactured by the Winchester Repeating Arms Co., this full, complete box bears the very collectable “Cartridge Picture” green label, which features an image of the cartridge with the legend “COLT .44” superimposed on the cartridge.   

The box was opened by carefully cutting through the exterior wrapper along all four sides, in the seam between the lid and bottom of the box.  By opening the box in this manner, the labels on the end and side panels were not defaced.  The top label is complete and legible, showing very minor wear and still retaining the bright label coloring. The inside of the box top retains the full reloading instruction label that was in production as early as the late 1870’s.  The side and end labels are complete and legible. The box is very solid with no open seams and the box retains its shape with sharp corners and edges, and no disfiguring or crushing.  The box holds all 50 rounds of the original cartridges, and all have the proper headstamp.   SOLD

 

No. 3 - VERY RARE COLT CONVERSION “PISTOL PICTURE” LABELED BOX OF UNION METALLIC CARTRIDGE COMPANY .44 COLT CENTRE FIRE PISTOL CARTRIDGES, ca 1880’s:  This is the exact box shown in Figure 5-92A on page 191, A Study of Colt Conversions by R. Bruce McDowell.  Manufactured prior to the merger of with the Remington Arms Company, this is a scarce, early Union Metallic Cartridge Company (UMC) box bearing the very collectable “Pistol Picture” orange label, which features an image of a Colt Conversion Pistol. 

The box has been opened, but it is complete and strong, and all of the original fifty cartridges are present.  The top label is missing the lower right hand corner, but all of the pertinent information is still present on this very rare box.  The side labels are complete and legible on all four sides, and feature “.44 COLT’S” on both ends, the script Colt Patent Firearms Co with the Rampant Colt on one side and the other side bears the script testimonial that guarantees these cartridges are for the Colt’s Breechloading Army Pistol over Samuel Colt’s signature.  

This early box is an overall scarce offering.  The combination of the caliber of the ammunition and the association with a particularly collectable Colt firearm; the very desirable and scarce pistol picture label; and the added value of being the research specimen documented in a well respected published work on these early Colt Conversions, will make this box an important addition to any Colt or ammunition collection.  (0531) $750

 

No. 4 - WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS COMPANY .44 COLT CENTER FIRE CARTRIDGES – FULL BOX - VERY NICE “CARTRIDGE PICTURE” LABELED BOX :  Manufactured by the Winchester Repeating Arms Co., this full, complete box bears the very collectable “Cartridge Picture” green label, which features an image of the cartridge with the legend “COLT .44” superimposed on the cartridge.    

The box was opened by carefully cutting through the wrapper at each end, along the bottom edge of the box top so that the labels on the ends and the bottom of the box were not significantly defaced.  The top label is complete and legible, showing no wear and still retaining the bright label coloring, and the same is true for both end labels.  The box is very solid with no open seams and the box retains its shape with sharp corners and edges, and no disfiguring or crushing.  The box holds all 50 rounds of the original cartridges, and all have the proper headstamp.  SOLD

 

No. 5 - WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS COMPANY .44 COLT CENTER FIRE CARTRIDGES – FULL BOX - VERY NICE “CARTRIDGE PICTURE” LABELED BOX :  Manufactured by the Winchester Repeating Arms Co., this full, complete box bears the very collectable “Cartridge Picture” green label, which features an image of the cartridge with the legend “COLT .44” superimposed on the cartridge.    

The box was opened by carefully cutting through the wrapper at each end, along the bottom edge of the box top so that the labels on the ends and the bottom of the box were not significantly defaced.  The top label is complete and legible, showing no wear and still retaining the bright label coloring, and the same is true for both end labels, with some minor loss on the bottom label.  The box is very solid with no open seams and the box retains its shape with sharp corners and edges, and no disfiguring or crushing.  Some of the edges have been very skillfully reinforced and the work was very well done.  The box holds all 50 rounds of the original cartridges, and all have the proper headstamp.  (0127)  $350

 

No. 6 - REMINGTON-UMC COMPANY .44 COLT CENTER FIRE CARTRIDGES – FULL BOX - VERY NICE “CARTRIDGE PICTURE” LABELED BOX:  Manufactured by the Remington-UMC Company, this full, complete box bears the very collectable “Cartridge Picture” label, which features an image of the cartridge with the legend “REMINGTON .44 COLT” superimposed on the cartridge.    

The top, side, and end labels are all legible with some edge scuffing, but still retaining the bright label coloring, as does is the bottom “Remington Guarantee” label which bears the ink stamped lot number.  The top label has an old hand written notation to one side of the cartridge picture.  One of the end closure panels has separated from the body of the box, but could be reattached along the smooth edge should the new owner desire.  The interior cartridge box is solid and holds all 50 rounds of the original cartridges, and all have the proper headstamp.  (0133) $295

 

No. 7 - REMINGTON-UMC COMPANY .44 COLT CENTER FIRE CARTRIDGES – FULL BOX - VERY NICE “CARTRIDGE PICTURE” LABELED BOX:  Manufactured by the Remington-UMC Company, this full, complete box bears the very collectable “Cartridge Picture” label, which features an image of the cartridge with the legend “REMINGTON .44 COLT” superimposed on the cartridge.  

The top, side, and end labels are all legible with some scuffing, but still retaining the bright label coloring, as does is the bottom “Remington Guarantee” label which bears the ink stamped lot number.  Some of the edges have been very skillfully reinforced and the work was very well done.  One of the end closure panels has separated from the body of the box, but could be reattached along the smooth edge should the new owner desire.  The interior cartridge box is solid and holds all 50 rounds of the original cartridges, and all have the proper headstamp.  (0132) $275

 

No. 8 - WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS COMPANY .44 COLT CENTER FIRE CARTRIDGES – EMPTY BOX - “CARTRIDGE PICTURE” LABELED BOX :  Manufactured by the Winchester Repeating Arms Co., this full, complete box bears the very collectable “Cartridge Picture” green label, which features an image of the cartridge with the legend “COLT .44” superimposed on the cartridge.  

The photographs below adequately detail this empty box.  It has been subjected to the wear and tear of use and time, but it still retains the majority of the labels and survives as a solid specimen.  Though it may not be the prettiest belle at the ball, this box still has a place in someone’s collection who is looking for an inexpensive representative example, and it is certainly worth the price.   SOLD

 

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