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    Blakeslee Cartridge Box for Civil War Spencer Carbine. The 12" x 4" x 3" box is constructed of wood with ten tin tubes and covered with tightly stitched black leather. The Spencer carbine was an innovative repeater that gave cavalry troopers a great deal more firepower than soldiers armed with single-shot firearms. In the butt stock was a tubular magazine that could hold up to seven .52 caliber cartridges. When Erastus Blakeslee, a cavalryman, invented this cartridge box, that firepower was multiplied by, in this case, a factor of ten. It allowed the trooper to withdraw a tube of cartridges and slide them quickly into the magazine aperture in the butt. This Blakeslee box is in superb condition. Only the leather tab closure shows the effects of frequent use.
    From the Glenwood Swanson Collection.

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    June, 2018
    9th Saturday
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