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UNITED STATES CARTRIDGE CO.  AMMUNITION BOXES  PISTOL & RIFLE CARTRIDGES  SELECTION OF SOME NICE SPECIMENS FRESH FROM AN OLD COLLECTION:  Founded in 1869 by Civil War general Benjamin Butler, this company was one of the major manufacturers of ammunition, supplying 65 percent of American small arms ammunition during World War One.  The company passed through three generations of the Butler family and after the death of the founder's grandson in 1918, the company was acquired by Winchester who moved the manufacturing plant from Lowell, Massachusetts to New Haven, Connecticut in 1927.  Thus, these packets which bear the Lowell address predate that move. 

Found as a group in an old, well established cartridge collection, this is a very nice offering of late 1800s and early 1900s United States Cartridge Company full, partial and empty cartridge boxes for pistol and rifle calibers.    

Ranging from rare, to scarce, to some that are relatively common, these are all solid specimens that while showing various degrees of wear and age are remarkable in that they have survived at all, and they will be a nice addition to your collection to display with your firearm.   

Each box is individually described below and accompanied by detailed photographs. 

NOTE:  The boxes are not listed in any particular chronological order or with respect to the caliber, so you will be best served by scrolling through the entire list. 

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

 

NO. 1   USCCo .38 LONG RIMFIRE CARTRIDGES - FULL BOX - BLACK POWDER 1880's:  This box, which bears the early tan label, has been opened but is complete with all fifty cartridges.  Forty-four of the cartridges are original to the box, each bearing the small "US" headstamp.  The balance of the cartridges are five UMC and one Winchester which bears the desirable "H" headstamp.   

The top label is complete and legible, showing some very minor shelf wear.  Both of the side panels and one end panel of the wrapper are complete and fully legible.  The other end panel is missing the bottom half.  The box is very solid, retaining its shape with no disfiguring or crushing.   A decent box for one of the classic pistol cartridges.  (0207)  $155

 

NO. USCCo .50-70 GOVERNMENT CARTRIDGES FULL BOX PRODUCED IN 1874 SCARCE EARLY PACKET THAT WOULD BE A GREAT ADDITION DISPLAYED WITH AN EARLY SHARPS OR REMINGTON BUFFALO RIFLE:  This full packet bears the company applied inked date stamp indicating it was produced in 1874 under a patent issued in 1872 an excellent period ammunition packet to display with an early Sharps or Remington Rifle that would have been used on western plains during the great buffalo hunts.    

The packet has been opened on the left top corner, exposing the heads of five cartridges, however the balance of the packet is still sealed and intact, including the pull string.  The front label is complete and fully legible.  The box is very solid with no open seams, retaining its shape with sharp edges, and no disfiguring or crushing. 

The design of the label is very similar to the style and content of the Frankford Arsenal labels on their 50-70 ammunition packets of the same period, and it is reasonable to think the US Cartridge Company did this intentionally either to vie for government contracts or to capitalize on the association with the arsenal produced packets.  The back panel of the packet retains the lightly struck, but fully legible oval ink stamp that was standard on US Cartridge Company packets of the period, and it includes the date of manufacture February 20, 1874 a very desirable early date.   

The packet contains the twenty original 50-70 cartridges, all without headstamps as is proper for cartridges produced by the company in this period.  The cartridges are in excellent condition and all are unfired.      

This is a relatively scarce offering of a very desirable early full packet in one of the primary calibers in use on the early buffalo ranges, and one that would the perfect addition to display with one of the early buffalo rifles.  SOLD

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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