Item:
ONSV23CWC224

Original U.S. WWII Colt M1911 .45 ACP 1800 Cartridge Wooden Ammunition Crate - Evansville Ordnance Plant

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice WWII Issue ammunition crate for .45ACP ammunition for the Colt M1911 semi-automatic pistol. The front side has the complete information regarding the contents, which is also on the other sides, but with some information left out:

1800 CARTRIDGES
PISTOL BALL
CALIBER .45 M1911
IN CARTONS
AMMUNITION LOT NUMBER
EVANSVILLE ORDNANCE PLANT
E.C. 24612S

There is also a STEEL CASE AMMUNITION stamp on the lower left corner. Evansville ordnance plant was originally a Chrysler-Plymouth plant manufacturing Plymouth automobiles. In 1942 it took them just 5 months to convert to full scale wartime production, involved in both tank testing / reconditioning as well as ammunition production. They began making brass cased ammunition, but during the 1943-1944 period it specifically is noted for manufacturing steel-cased .45 ACP ammunition, giving this case a clear time period during the war.

The case is in very good condition, but definitely does show wear and staining from use and age. The front of the top cover has split off, now held in place by one of the three remaining wing nuts that secure the cover. The lot numbers on the lid match the sides, so this is definitely the original lit. The markings on the sides are mostly clear, making this a great piece. It measures approximately. 12 1/2" L x 9 1/2" H x 10 1/2" deep.

Ready to add to your collection and display!

Pre-war and early-war ammo packing boxes were made of stained wood with black-painted lettering. Mid- to late-war packing boxes were painted Olive Drab brown with white or yellow lettering that used the item's AIC code and a system of symbols to indicate the contents at a glance. The caliber, ammunition type and model (e.g., Caliber .30 Ball M1) were in the upper center field in bold lettering. The number of units (i.e., how many bullets or shells there were per box) and packing information (i.e., whether it was in cartons, bandoleers or belts) were on the two lines below it. The caliber (CAL .45, CAL .30, or CAL .50) was painted in bold lettering in the upper left corner. The gross weight of the box in pounds and its volume in cubic feet was painted in the lower left corner and the Ammunition Lot information (manufacturer code and lot number) was painted in the lower right corner.

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