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WATERVLIET ARSENAL MODEL 1876 CARTRIDGE BOX
U.S. Model 1876 Mc. Keever Second Type Watervliet Arsenal Caliber 45-70 Cartridge Box. A very interesting feature is that the earlier style of decoration, an affixed brass N.J. ( NEW JERSEY) plate is used rather than a leather embossing. Has the brass escutcheon plate and brass top corner staples. "WATERVLIET ARSENAL" is stamped in two lines at the base of the closing tab. An inspector's mark "A.R. SMITH" (Watervliet Arsenal Inspector) is present on the lower bellows, plus a second group of inspector's initials "J.G." in the center. Holds 20 cartridges. This is a very desirable early box being one of the very few unmodified manufactured as a plated box. Used in the Indian Wars. Has a small old leather restoration in the box. Fine condition.