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#403 - Blakeslee Cartridge Box

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Rare Blakeslee box for the Spencer rifle
Description                           Estimate: $3,000+          

Exceptional hexagonal leather-covered tin and wood box, measuring 3.5 x 12 x 2.75, containing ten original cartridge tubes for the Spencer carbine rifle, with crisp and legible government and maker marks on the front: “Blakeslee Cartridge Box, US, Patd Dec. 4, 1864, Reissued Feb. 7, 1865,” and “W. H. Wilkinson, Maker, Springfield, Mass., U.S.” The original dark brown leather is slightly crazed and in fine condition, and seams intact except for a single short split on one side at the mouth. The leather covering has shrunken slightly over time exposing a bit of the underlying tin and the closure tab of the hinged lid is broken at the bottom. The brass fittings all have a pleasant ochre patina and what appears to be an old Bannerman price tag is attached to the angled brass fitting on the side wall. An overall outstanding, rarely seen piece.

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