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#412 - Gettysburg: Confederate Cartridge Box

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Confederate cartridge box from the Gettysburg battlefield
Description                           Estimate: $8,000+          

Exceptional cartridge box constructed of coarse russet leather, measuring 8 x 7.5 x 2, unmarked but boasting all characteristics of a Confederate manufactured piece. Made in a pattern similar to the Federal Model 1842 cartridge box, this specimen retains its seldom-seen original painted linen sling, measuring approximately 52″ long and 1.5″ wide. The sling has two layers stitched together along the edges as well as diamond-pattern stitching through the center for added durability. The box’s side stitching and flap stitching is original and tight, and this example retains its two crudely made iron roller buckles (though one is detached from the bottom). The small lead finial is missing, as are the tin boxes that would have been inside. The leather is dry and stiff with some slight cracking and creasing but remains remarkably strong.

This incredibly desirable piece was originally acquired from the estate of a Gettysburg family after having been passed down through generations. It was initially recovered from the battlefield by a family member back in 1863 shortly after the fighting had ended and kept as a treasured family heirloom. Confederate leather accouterments are scarce, and as this example was left behind at the most famous battle of the Civil War it is of the utmost desirability. Provenance: The Horse Soldier.


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