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Original U.S. Civil War Mann’s Patent Cartridge Box With Sling by Gaylord of Chicopee Massachusetts

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This Civil War issue Mann’s Patent original leather cartridge box for rifled musket or carbine ammunition which is complete with carry strap and its unique inside finger-pull metal tin. The box, a variant Civil War ammunition holder, was part of a late War government contracted order for accoutrements. The Mann box was carried by many Federal soldiers during the latter part of the Civil War. Referred to as the Mann’s Patent box,it was introduced in December 1863 by Colonel W. D. Mann of Detroit, Michigan and was designed and improved to replace earlier cavalry specific accoutrements.

This box, made of high quality bridle grade leather, is in good to very good overall condition and is strong and smooth with some surface crazing and scuffing. In place of the earlier and rather heavy solder filled brass oval US box plate on the outer flap is an embossed U.S. emblem, bordered by an oval ring with the stamping , COLONEL MANN’S PATENT REISSUED JUNE 7TH 1864 CARTRIDGE BOX E. GAYLORD MAKER CHICOPEE, MASS. There is also a very clear inspectors stamp that reads: A.D. LAIDLEY U.S. ORD DEPT SUB INSPECTOR. The only are of issues is that the closure tab on the bottom has torn where it connects to the brass stud.

This is a perfect and complete field used example of a popular accoutrement carried during the American Civil War and would look great in any collection!
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