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Accession number 1996.17
Catalog Number 1996.17.13
Object Name Box, Cartridge
Description American Militia Cartridge Box made of black saddle leather and made as a "belly box" with a concave backside to be worn on a waist belt in front. The box contains a beech wood block bored with 23 vertical holes for .69 caliber cartridges. An accessory pocket is sewn to the front which is covered by the rectangular flap. An open brass triangular catch plate is attached to the bottom of the box and a square brass hook is attached to the flap which hooks into the catch plate. This unique type of closure is found on boxes dating from 1755- 1820 (stated in original invoice). There are two belt straps sewn onto the back of the box for attachment to a belt. There is a loop of leather attached to the proper left side of the box. It is for the holding of an additional tool. The cartridge box is associated with 1996.17.14 and 1996.17.15. First Seminole War period.

The Tools of War exhibition label (2011) reads: American Military cartridge box made of black saddle leather. This is known as a "belly box" and is to be worn on a waist belt in front. The box contains a beech wood block bored with 23 vertical holes for .69 caliber cartridges. An accessory pocket is sewn to the front which is covered by the rectangular flap. An open brass triangular catch is attached to the bottom of the box and a square brass hook is attached to the flap which hooks into the catch plate. This unique type of closure is found on boxes dating from 1755-1820. First Seminole War period.
Dimensions H-5.75 L-9.375 D-2.75 inches
Collection Militaria
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