Model 1857 Pattern of 1862 U.S. Cartridge Box
Model 1857 Pattern of 1862 U.S. Cartridge Box – This example of one of the essential accouterments of the Union Infantry soldier is in overall great condition. It retains both original tins and a nice, commensurately aged, original U.S. box plate. Both japanned sling buckles are firmly in place, as is the sewn latch tab. The inner implement pouch is strongly intact, and there is an embossed maker’s stamp imprinted into the inner flap that covers the tins; although faint, the stamp appears to be that of “Cummings / Springfield, Mass” (well known war period maker of accouterments). Both ears remain stitched to the inner tin flap, as well. There is some minor flaking to the exterior cover, as well as some edge scuffing, but the box is, as mentioned, in overall fine condition.