Original U.S. Civil War Model 1861 ”Universal” Carbine Cartridge Box, Complete with Wooden Block Insert and Pattern 1861 Federal Front Plate - Maker Marked “J. Davy & Co, Newark, N.J.”

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. Original Federal Issue Carbine Cartridge Box in excellent near complete condition. This box is a nice example of the “universal” style of carbine box that became standard, with a removable wood block that could be changed to fit a variety of different cartridges. The box has the typical mid-war style of attaching the latch tab by the means of a rivet and semi-circle of stitching, but still conforms to older specifications in having a horizontal belt loop and bottom buckles for use on a shoulder sling that was rarely employed. As for the bottom buckles, they are still present and still very well attached. Unfortunately the leather “tongue” tab that secures to the ball finial on the button is torn with about half of the material missing.

This is a nice example of a Civil War “Universal” Carbine Cartridge Box that has great color and finish. Most belt loops, buckles and tabs are in place or present, as is interior wood block bored out for twenty carbine cartridges. (The Inert Spencer .56 .50. Carbine Round Fits Perfectly, As Pictured.) The cover shows some minor crazing from flexing and the reverse shows some handling marks. The tabs and inner flap show a deep luster. The maker mark on the front flap is all but gone, but luckily we found multiple example bearing the same pattern markings and with a little work we compared letters and came to the conclusion it was manufactured by J. Davy & Company of Newark, New Jersey. Measures approximately 7 ½” x 3 1/2" x 2 1/2".

Overall, an excellent example of a Federal Issue Carbine Cartridge Box, perfect for the Civil War collector.

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