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1st Maine Heavy Artillery .58 Caliber Civil War Soldier's Cartridge Box
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This is an authentic Civil War leather cartridge box for the .58 caliber Springfield pattern rifle. This is the pattern that has the brass U.S. cartridge box plate proudly displayed on the outer flap. The box displays well but is heavily worn as you expect from a box that saw lots of service. It has the base of the closure tab and the brass finial at the bottom of the box. One of the roller buckles are present on the bottom of the box but it is separated as you can see in the pictures. It has the loops present on the back of the box so it could have been worn on the belt or with the shoulder sling either way. When you open up the outer flap you are greeted by the inner flap as well as a portion of the implement pocket. The inner flap has the vividly clear maker's mark from the firm owned by Felix Chillingworth of Springfield, Massachusetts. Chillingworth manufactured only a few of these high quality leather pieces for the Government during the Civil War such as this cartridge box. In the maker's book they state that he only held one contract for only 5,000 of these .58 caliber cartridge boxes and the date was September 8th 1862. On the innermost compartment it has both of the original tins that held the cartridges in place when it was used. This piece has the majority of the shoulder sling but is is separated and worn. On the inside of the sling it is stenciled with the soldier's name. When I looked through the rosters I found that it matches a soldier from Maine, Josiah T. Potter. Potter served with the 18th Maine Infantry and then the 1st Maine Heavy Artillery. It states that he lived in South Robbinston, Maine and you can see a portion of that location in the stencil. The records show that Potter was wounded on May 19th 1864 at the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House, Virginia. He was discharged for disability in March of 1865. A brief printout of his service accompanies the piece. It is rough but has a cool history!

Item #: B4071
Shipping Weight: 5 lbs
Your Price:$795.00 USD
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