Manufactured by S.H. Condict & Co. Newark, N.J.
This regulation 1861 pattern cartridge box for the .58 caliber rifle musket has a beautiful maker’s stamp on the inner flap: S.H. Condict. Newark, N.J.”.
The box is the regulation 1861 pattern infantry cartridge box for .58 caliber rifle muskets, utilizing loops for both shoulder sling and waist belt, with the latter secured by rivets, buckles on the bottom of the box for the shoulder belt, and with a latch tab on the outer flap held by a line of stitching only (no rivet.) The box is clean, tight, and in very good condition. The original sling retains the eagle breast plate secured by original leather thong, one small old repair on back of sling. The inner flap with side ears is in place, as is the implement pocket with flap and tab, and both magazine tins. The main latch tab is full length and secure the finish of box has nice color and surface, no flaking, and just occasional spots of abrasion along an edge or at a corner. The usual asterisk stake marks are visible on the body of the box, used by the leather workers to close holes made by tacks holding the leather pieces to wood forms as they were sewn together.
Both tins are present inside, intended to hold two unopened packs of cartridges in the bottom and another twenty rounds from opened packs in the upper trays. The box also has an original 1839 pattern cartridge box plate affixed to the outer flap and secured on the inside by original leather thong.
This is a very nice infantry cartridge box with a great mark by a well-known maker, and typical of those used by Union troops throughout the war. A very nice complete example.
Inventory Number: LEA 234 / SOLD