PATTERN 1861 CARTRIDGE BOX and SLING SOLD
This is a solid example of the cartridge box issued to Federal soldiers. This consists of the Cartridge box, leather sling and both stamped brass plates. The patter 1861 cartridge box has metal rivits holding the waist belt loops. The loops were added in the pattern 1857 box but that pattern did not have the rivits. This box is complete with the latch tab, both ears on the inner flap and both buckles on the bottom. All leather and stitching is solid. The original tins are inside the box. There is no makers mark which was not required at this time of the war. In July 1862 The government required contractors to mark their products. The Government arsenals started marking their products later in 1862 These boxes would have been made in 1862. The sling is solid and strong with the exception of one of the billet ends. The end of the billet has a weak spot at the last hole. With the exception of that the entire box has is a strong example of the standard box. It has a great look and appears to have been together since the war.