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FRANKFORD ARSENAL  20 GAUGE CARTRIDGES FOR THE MODEL 1881 SPRINGFIELD TRAPDOOR FORAGER SHOTGUN:  As issued to the troops at the frontier posts, these 20 gauge Cartridges were manufactured at the Frankford Arsenal for the Model 1881 Springfield Trapdoor Forager Shotgun.  Supplied to the soldiers as unloaded primed and unprimed cartridges in packets of ten, the soldiers loaded these cartridge cases with powder and shot for use in hunting small game to supplement their rations. 

These unique Trapdoor Forager Cartridges are becoming increasingly difficult to find available on the market, and the demand for, and the continued scarcity of, these cartridges attest to their popularity among Indian War collectors. 

I have a number of these cartridges available and each is individually described and pictured below.  All of these are full form with no crushing, bends, splits or other damage.

 

No. A:  A copper cartridge case legibly headstamped F 9 83 No. 20 - a desirable rare early date.  Retains a clean, bright surface on the case wall with a nice even color to the copper.  An very nice early example.  SOLD

 

No. B:  A copper cartridge case legibly headstamped F 10 86 No. 20 - a desirable rare early date.  Retains a bright surface on the case wall with some patina to the copper.  An very nice early example.  SOLD

 

No. C:  A tinned, brass cartridge case legibly headstamped F 4 92 No. 20.  The tin plating has suffered some wear, but is still visible and the case is in nice condition.  $95

 

No. D:  A tinned, brass cartridge case legibly headstamped F 6 92 No. 20.  The tin plating is overall intact with little wear.  SOLD

 

No. E:  A tinned, brass cartridge case legibly headstamped F 6 92 No. 20.  The tin plating has suffered some wear, but is still visible.  The primer has been struck.  $95

 

No. F:  A tinned, brass cartridge case legibly headstamped F 6 92 No. 20.  The tin plating has some wear, but is mostly intact.  $100

 

No. G:  A tinned, brass cartridge case legibly headstamped F 11 97 No. 20.  The tin plating is fully intact with no wear.  An exceptional example  $125

 

No. H:  A tinned, brass cartridge case legibly headstamped F 4 99 No. 20.  The tin plating is fully intact with very minor wear.  An exceptional example  $125

 

No. I:  A tinned, brass cartridge case legibly headstamped F 4 99 No. 20.  The tin plating is fully intact with very minor wear.  An very nice example  $115

 

No. J:  A tinned, brass cartridge case legibly headstamped F 4 99 No. 20.  The tin plating is fully intact with no wear.  An exceptional example  $125

 

No. K:  A tinned, brass cartridge case legibly headstamped F 4 99 No. 20.  The tin plating is fully intact with very minor wear.  An very nice example  $115

 

No. L:  A brass cartridge case legibly headstamped F 9 00 No. 20.  A clean case with an even patina.  An very nice example  $115 

 

No. M:  A brass cartridge case legibly headstamped F 9 00 No. 20.  A clean case with an even patina.  An very nice example  SOLD

 

No. N:  A brass cartridge case legibly headstamped F 9 00 No. 20.  A clean case with an even patina.  The year date stamp on this case is applied vertically, an interesting variant.  An very nice example  $115

 

No. O:  A brass cartridge case legibly headstamped F 9 00 No. 20.  A clean case with an even patina.  No primer in this one.  An very nice example  $115

 

No. P:   A brass cartridge case legibly headstamped F 9 -- No. 20.  The year date is not legible on this case.  The "00" (for 1900) was typically lightly struck in the first place, and as these cases were repeatedly fired, the brass expanded, eventually closing up some of the lightly struck characters.  Nonetheless, this is a clean case and a very respectable example  $100

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