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    RARE & DESIRABLE INDIAN WAR VINTAGE PISTOL CARTRIDGE BOX - This is the very first pattern pistol cartridge box manufactured by the U.S. government to accompany the newly adopted Colt single action cavalry revolver, circa 1873. These rare cartridge boxes were actually modified Civil War cap boxes. Modifications included: embossing the outer flap with a large 'U.S.' within an oval, removal of inner flap and/or modifying the inner flap to form adjacent ears on the inner box to help retain the loose .45 calibre cartridges. Most of the sheep wool inner lining is intact. These early U.S. military pistol cartridge boxes have always been eagerly sought, but seldom encountered.

    Condition: Distinct U.S. in oval. Supple leather, but once again need treating with a leather preservative. One belt strap on reverse missing. Remaining strap reduced by wear.

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    November, 2007
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