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    Scarce Cartridge Board Displaying One of Every Cartridge Manufactured by The Union Metallic Cartridge Company c1897.

    Rare and Fine Late 19th Century UMC "Elk Scene" Cartridge Board.
    The rare and extremely well-preserved board produced c 1897 measures 54 1/2-inches x 41 1/2-inches with a 4-inch varnished oak frame. This "Elk Scene" board is the first of two variations from UMC and is the rarer of the two. Top of frame with 23 1/2-inch relief-carved, raised decorative panel in gold paint, bearing the legend: TRADE U.M.C. MARK. The matching panel at bottom of frame reading: THE UNION METALLIC CARTRIDGE CO. Inner frame of silver-plated gesso surrounding the original untouched cartridge board mounted with 156 brass and copper cartridges, 9 brass shot shells, 7 full length paper shot shells, 9 shot shell brass heads, 10 paper patch bullets, 10 lead bullets, 3 friction fuses and 3 bullet exploders as well as the almost never seen 1-inch Gatling cartridge. At the bottom in the center is the often missing hardwood primer display box (9-inches x 3 3/4-inches) with UMC produced percussion caps, primers and shot shell fiber wads.

    The cartridges are in categories labeled: RIMFIRE. CENTRAL FIRE PISTOL. SPORTING AND MILITARY.
    This nicely arranged cartridge display pattern forms a diamond which contains the Elk Scene Vignette. The bull elk with cows and calf in a mountain scene is surmounted by a bold U.M.C. which is the eye-catching center of this incredible display.


    The bottom of the display bears the UMC business banner: FACTORY: BRIDGEPORT, CONN. U.S.A. CARTRIDGE MACHINERY/GOVERNMENT CONTRACTORS. STORES: NEW YORK AND SAN FRANCISCO.

    Complete with original backing paper and card from manufacturer reading: WITH COMPLIMENTS OF THE UNION METALLIC CARTRIDGE COMPANY, BRIDGEPORT, CONN. WHO RESPECTFULLY REQUEST THAT THIS SHOW CARD BE GIVEN A PROMINENT POSITION IN YOUR STORE.

    Condition: Very Fine. All cartridges are present and original. The brass is bright showing fine traces of age patina. Elk scene vignette is excellent showing vibrant colors. Paper (front and back) shows no tears or water marks of any kind. Glass is a likely replacement. Frame excellent as possibly restored. No signs of sun fading. This is a very rare board that was likely displayed at the back of the store not subject to sunlight. A magnificent cartridge board in every way.




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    Auction Dates
    December, 2014
    14th Sunday
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