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Rare Version of Original Civil War Mann's 1864 Patent Cartridge Box by Storms
Item #: A5558
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This is one of the rarest cartridge boxes you’ll get a chance at. This is the scarce Mann’s patent cartridge box and is one of the scarcest of versions. They were designed by Colonel William Mann of the 7th Michigan Cavalry. He wanted to design a cartridge box that went in front of the soldier rather than dangling by his side by the usual shoulder strap. In addition from this type of position for carrying the tin on the inside has a tray that slides up to make the cartridge easier to get to, a great addition to the design. The metal "tins" are missing, instead a wooden block drilled for 30 rounds is inside. This is the 2nd one of this version that I have encounter in 30 years. The outer flap of this box has a fine mark of "US” and the wording around the "US” reads "COL. MANN’S PATENT DEC. 6th 1862” and "C.S STORMS , N.Y. MAKER.” The original closure tab and brass finial are still present on the cartridge box. The closure tab is still present and it looks well worn. One thing that is different about these early style Mann's boxes is that on the side of the box it has the small compartment where the percussion caps likely went. This one has the majority of the closure tab as well as the entire brass finial intact. As you can see this one has a black tone to the leather and it displays well. It has one of the full-length straps coming off of the back but the other is missing in action. These boxes were so unique that of the few regiments that were equipped with them. After one battle they were able to distinguish the dead men of the regiment because only they had the Mann’s boxes on. If you can find an old copy of the 2001 North South Trader Magazine article it tells some of the history of this truly revolutionary designed cartridge box. This is a very cool piece that is one of the scarcest of all Civil War cartridge boxes.

Shipping Weight: 3 lbs
$450.00 USD

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