All complete and original, this rarely encountered pattern of 1857 type / Mod. 1861, .58 caliber cartridge box will best be described by our illustrations except to advise that the leather remains moderately stiff with age but flexible while showing some fine checking (no flaking) as good evidence of age and originality. The box retains its period US plate and the strap is not pierced for the use of a breast plate which is a relatively common trait particular to Maine use. There are no splits or weak spots to the leather or stitching. The inner flap is marked A. W. DECROW MAKER BANGOR. The smallest of the Maine Civil War leather accoutrement contractors in terms of quantity of goods, Anson W, Decrow of Bangor, Maine left his maker mark on boxes carried by some of the hardest fought and best known Maine Civil War regiments to include the 20th Maine Infantry, the 17th Maine, 16th, 7th >, 6th , 5th and4th Maine Volunteers, all of GettysburgCOLOR> renown. A nice honest Civil War cartridge box by a scarce contractor. Buy with confidence! We are pleased to offer a no questions asked three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales! Just send us a courtesy e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! COLOR=#0000FF>

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