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Legend:
BP=Black Powder, SMKLS=Smokeless, 2pc=Two piece lift-top box, SLD=Sealed, LBL=Label, HS=Headstamp, H.P.=Hollow Pt, SP=Soft Pt, FMJ=Full Metal Jkt (Full Patch), HV=High Velocity Color Codes: BL, GRN, WH, YEL, BLK, PLD (PLAID), ETC.
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100 Years of Winchester Cartridge Boxes, 1856-1956
by
Ray T. Giles
&
Daniel L. Shuey

 

 

The 1st and ONLY definitive work on cartridge boxes, covering all the calibers for which Winchester cataloged their rifles, from the Volcanic to the Model 88. Thoroughly researched, this 312 page book contains over 1,400 full color photographs as well as price and rarity guides in a high quality, hard-cover book with dust-jacket!

Will be happy to sign your copy on request.

RTG
 

$69.95, ppd
218 Bee

Winchester. This is the rare FULL PATCH (FMJ) loading of which only 1 run was made, 1949 (see Giles & Shuey pg 42). The callout on the side is for the Model 65 although, by this time (1949), the M65 had been discontinued and the Mod 43 had been introduced. Box shows minor case or shelf wear & has a very minor glitsch between the peak & right leg of the big red "W" (click on pic). Seldom seen box and only the second one I have ever offered. $225
22 Rem Jet

Remington. Pre-child warning, this is the first .22 Jet box and is, actually, the only collectible/displayable Rem box in this caliber. $115
22 WCF

Winchester. Black Powder, 2-pc box w/ later type top label dating to 1903-1906 but side-seal label dtd 3-19.(Giles & Shuey, pg 112, top right). Very clean, solid box w/ only the slightest rub on ctdg pic. SEALED! Exceptional! $150
sold
25 ACP
(ASP)

Savage Arms Corp. The rarest  by far of all Savage boxes is this little blue box of "S.A. Corp. 25 Auto". While the box contains but 9 original rds so-headstamped and is missing the rt end of the lid, this is no "Bargain Bin" item: It's only the 2nd one I've seen in 25 years! Solid and clean w/ "1922" and "2.00" in pencil on one edge.  sold
25-20 HV Peters. Scarce High Velocity 60 gr JHP in the last Peters box, ca 1962. $100
sold
25-20 WHV Western Super-X. "Winchester High Velocity", 60 gr JHP loading. Great loading for an otherwise somewhat sluggish old round with Blk Pwdr origins. This cartridge made the old lever guns into competitors with much more modern guns (2200 fps vs 1325 fps)! $90
sold
25-20 Winchester. SEALED! Black Powder box (Giles & Shuey, pg 46). Orange side-seal fully intact. Finding sealed black powder boxes in these popular Winchester calibers is becoming nearly impossible any more! $295
sold
256 Win Mag Western Super-X. Earliest box in this caliber and in excellent condition. $110
32 ASP
(Auto Savage Pistol)



          

Savage. Earliest 2-pc box of this style, "Savage Arms Co." printed on bottom. Later boxes, ca 1916, had the add'l word "Corp." stamped on bottom and even later, "Savage Arms Corp." (printed). Further, it has the "Savage Indian" logo on both long sides and the bottom lbl is near perfect (most unusual). [Phot'd in shrink-wrap, pls ignore seal lines on side] $400
32 Protector
(32 XS CF)
Winchester. For the 32 Extra Short C.F. Palm Pistols, these are far rarer than .32 XS RF, the more common (tho still rare) loading for the Chicago and Mpls palm pistols. Other than the small label glitch (see pic) this box is solid and contains 36 original ctdgs, all headstamped "Protector". Only the 2nd of these I've ever offered for sale in over 25 years, the other had fewer than 10 ctdgs. It may be years before you see another one of these on the market!

[From my personal collection]

$1750
sold
32 S&W CREEDMOOR CARTRIDGE CO. (See Giles & Shuey, p.293). Boxes by this company, which was only around for about 2 1/2 years (ca 1892-94), are rarely seen in ANY caliber. This one is from my own collection where it has resided for many years. It has 7 orig "C.C.C." headstamped ctdgs remaining. Never sold a CCC box before, may not again! sold
32 S&W Robin Hood Ammunition Co. Solid box w/43 original "RHA" headstamped rds. Arguably the most sought after brand of them all with Robin Hood pictured front & center! $375
sold
32 S&W
"Ghost Logo"
Western. Early Bullseye box w/ Ghost Logo. The Nublend Powder loading in the late-1920s Bullseye boxes came in this unusual graphic. Such Nublend loadings came in only a few calibers, both CF and RF, and and were discontinued in or around 1930. Most, if not all, Ghost boxes are also Nublend. The right end flap has a tear in the upper right corner (see pic), otherwise NICE! Very seldom seen in ANY caliber! $150
 
32 S&W Revolving Rifle

UMC. One of the rarer boxes you'll see on this site: for the Smith & Wesson Revolving Rifle. Unusual cartridges (20 of which remain) in which the bullet is entirely inside the case, just below the case mouth. Ca 1880s w/ unheadstamped ctdg pic on box and 20 unheadstamped ctdgs within. Some expert edge/end repair which enhance, not detract from, the box's "displayability". Rare find!
sold
32 WSL
(For Win Model 1905)
Peters. As nice a box as you're likely to find in this caliber! $175
32-20 WHV      Western. Super-X box, Olin (post-war). This is the scarce 80 grain JHP loading with the "WHV" headstamp and the warning: "Do Not Use in Pistols, Revolvers or M73 Winchester Rifles". Clean, solid box, clean rds; getting very hard to find! $90
 
FIRST Box!

32-20
(32 WCF)

 
Winchester. This is the FIRST 32-20 box, ca 1882-83. In writing the caption for the earliest 32-20 box we had found prior to putting together this chapter in Giles & Shuey (pg 51), I stated that there should be a box label picturing an unheadstamped cartridge but "...such has not been seen by the authors". Well, here it is and it's SEALED!! $1250
sold

35 S&W

Remington-UMC. Two-pc box, ca 1916-20, in "Metal Point Bullet" (jacketed lead-bearing b't) loading. Ctdgs are surprisingly clean and have nickel primers with impressed "u". Side-seal lbl is approx 90%. [Focus on pic (scan) is weak because the label is recessed in the lid on these boxes.] $120

357 Magnum
"Metal Point Bullet"


Remington. Not often seen, this is the post-war (late-'40s) "Metal Point Bullet" (FMJ) loading: copper-cased bullets in nickel-plated cases. Have 2 of these from an orig case, all about the same condition but 1st call gets beter box.

$30

357 Magnum U.S. Cartridge Co. Unquestionably the RAREST 357 box, 1935-6: At this time (NY address box), USCCo had been operating out of the Winchester factory since 1926 as the brand was being phased out over a 10-yr period ending in 1936. Have seen 4 of these in 25 years. Full cover 2-pc box contains 46 cartridges, obviously individual collectors' items in themselves.  [ From my personal collection]

$500
sold

357 Magnum Winchester. The 1st type box by Winchester, commonly referred to as the "1935" box. The cartridges, which appear native to the box, have the earliest headstamp: "WRA S&W 357 Magnum" as well as the large primers. Other than minor shelf wear, the pinhole and circular scratch partially surrounding it (see top pic) is the only flaw on any of the 6 sides/ends. This box type in .357 Mag has sold at auction for $500+!

$350
sold

38 Colt New Police
[Same as
.38 S&W]

Winchester. Late box (ca 1950s) of 38 Colt New Police, a fairly scarce cartridge which is actually no different from the 38 S&W except the bullet point is flat instead of round.
                                                                                                                             
sold
38 Colt Special Winchester. Bright & colorful "1939" box, tight seams & flaps, all ctdgs appear native to the box, NICE. Like the 38 Colt New Police above, the only difference between this 38 Colt Spl and the 38 S&W Spl is the Colt's flat-nosed bullet. The 2 were interchangeable. $125
38 Merwin & Hulbert Winchester. This beautiful M&H "Picture box", now empty, was used in the Win factory for parts and other small items: this one held RWS .22 Short ctdgs. Have seen several others, no two marked the same. While we may wish the box was full, I have never seen one other than like this. The graphics, color, and rarity of the cartridge, however, make this one of the more highly collectible boxes of all! $395
 
38 S&W

Winchester. Early Blk Pwdr "Picture Box" w/ pic of S&W spur-trigger revolver. While only fourteen original ctdgs remain, the box has good color and is in very solid condition w/ no splits or repairs. Side-seal is 99% and the horizontal line you can see thru center of side (see scan) is a shrink-wrap seam. $75
sold
38 S&W Special Remington-UMC. Blk Pwdr, 2-pc box. Missing over 1/2 of of side-seal but containing all 50 original ctdgs which appear to be native to the box. Colorful label, great display box! $75
sold
38 S&W Special
   200 Grain
Remington. Early "Dogbone" box, ca late-1920s, in the very scarce 200 grain so-called "Police Bullet" loading. Believed to be the first style of the earliest box in this load, it is only the 2nd I have ever encountered. $125
38 S&W Special
"Hi-Speed"
Remington. This special "Hi-Speed" loading, as stated on box bottom, is "...for use ONLY in S&W .38/44 Outdoorsman, Colt Shooting Master and such Colt New Service Arms as are designed for Hi-Speed Ammunition". Headstamp is the unique "Rem-UMC .38 Spl H.S.". Ca 1930s, this loading, perfect for display with the above mentioned revolvers, is very seldom encountered. All original in & out, no flap or seam problems & good color. $125
sold
38 S&W Special Western. Bullseye box, pre-Olin (late-'40s). Clean box w/ no problems. Ctdgs also clean. Nice display box! $60
38 S&W Special Western.  Bullseye boxes, pre-Olin (late-'40s). As above but not quite as nice. $50 ea.
38 Spl Super Police Western. This is the much sought-after early Super Police box, ca 1930s, w/ the 200 gr bullet. (Like the one pictured in S&W books.) Tight flaps and seams--unusual in this heavy box.
[The top edge appears dark in this scan--it's not! Also the color is better/brighter in hand]
$150
sold
38 Spl Super Police
 

Western. Super Police, very scarce 200 gr b't. Clean box & ctdgs, ca mid-1960s. Getting very hard to find.

 [Photo'd in shrink-wrap]

$100
sold
 
 

"38 Super Special"

Winchester. For a brief period in the mid-1930s, Winchester produced this box with graphics that are unique to the entire line of the Co's offerings. The headstamp is likewise unique: "WRA Super 38 Spl". Completing the trifecta, the bullet is "Metal Point Lead Bearing"--looks like FMJ but it's just a metal cap over the lead bullet, the lead being what engages the rifling, not the jacket. Very colorful, rare and desirable box for anyone who collects either Winchester generally or .38 Special specifically!  sold
38 L Colt
Lightning Pic Box
Winchester. As 2/3 of the total production of these revolvers were produced in the Black Powder era, the most desirable of the Colt Lightning picture boxes is this Blk Pwdr 2-pc box by Winchester. Though there is some fading on the back side-label, this box is still SEALED! [Pls ignore shrink-wrap seams and glare on side-label.]  Sealed Blk Pwr boxes are becoming nearly impossible to find in ANY center-fire caliber!  sold
38 Short Colt UMC "red ball" logo Smkls box. Seldom-seen caliber in short-lived labeling (1908-11). Solid w/ good color. For light load use in Colt Lightning revolvers and other guns calling for "38 Colt" or ("38 Long Colt" or "38 Colt L") $75
sold
380 ASP
(Auto, Savage Pistol)
Savage Arms Co. (pre-"Corp"). While the integrity of the box is quite good--including both metal tabs at the ends--and the Savage "Indian" side labels are also good, the top label obviously leaves something to be desired.
On the other hand, according to Peter Zimmerman's book, Savage Ammunition, .380 in this style box was 1st produced in 1914 and ended by 1918. However, the Company became incorporated in 1915 and the boxes (and headstamps) from that point on showed the maker as Savage Arms Corp., not Savage Arms Co. as this box is labeled. The headstamps on the 11 ctdgs found in this box are also "Co" stamped. I therefore conclude that this is a very rare box, a labeling and headstamping manufactured in 1914 only!
$200
38-40
(38 WCF)
RARE!
UMC. Earliest box in 38-40 of which I am aware by UMC. The great "Double Dog" logo labeling, solid box w/ side label approx 95%, incl one side picturing the Winchester Model '73. Cartridges are all "UMC 38 CFW" headstamp as called out on the cartridge pic on the label. Very rare box, only the 2nd I've ever seen! $1350
sold
38-40
(38 WCF)

WINCHESTER'S FIRST BOX!!
Winchester. When writing our book One Hundred Years of Winchester Cartridge Boxes (Giles & Shuey, 2006) I stated on page 59: "An earlier label, ca. 1880-85, exhibiting an unheadstamped round most probably exists, but we have not yet located an example." Well, this is the first of 3 that have eventually turned up in the past 10 years. Cartridges are all unheadstamped and the box is is solid. Top label shows moderate shelf & handling wear while side-seal label is approx 90%, most of the missing being at left end of lid. My educated guess is that the period of this box can be narrowed to the 1880-83 period. I don't like to use the word "Rare" when "Scarce" or "Very Scarce" will do. But this box is RARE!! $2950
sold
38-40
(38 WCF)
Winchester. This is an example of the "Blue Label" box, a sought-after variety found among several of the Winchester calibers. In many calibers, however, including this one, the color is more truly blue-green. While the top label shows some scuffs, the red side-seal is near 100% and remains FACTORY-SEALED! $825
sold
38-40
(38 WCF)

Winchester. "Smokeless, Metal Patched Bullets", 2-pc box, ca 1910. This is the very scarce & desirable Full Metal Jacket loading. Further, as pointed out in Giles & Shuey (pg 63), this is the only offering in this caliber that calls for use in "Colt Revolvers"; no other loading in either Blk Pwdr or Smkls Pwdr has such a call-out.
No splits, no problems anywhere, and it's SEALED. [Photo'd in shrink-wrap, pls ignore seams on side]
 sold
38-40
(38 WCF)
Winchester. Black Powder box, 2nd style w/ headstamp on ctdg pic, ca 1880s/early-'90s. Very clean top label; red side-seal about 99% as well.  Nice! $795
sold
38-40
(38 WCF)

Winchester. This is the very scarce "Lesmok" labeling intro'd in 1910-11 (Giles & Shuey, pg 61).  Offered in very few Center Fire calibers and only for a short period of time, it was predominantly a small caliber Rimfire powder loading.   SEALED box w/ no splits or other problems.

[Photo'd in shrink-wrap, pls ignore seams on side]

 sold
38-40 Marlin Winchester. This is the seldom-seen "Marlin Safety" box containing cartridges specified by Marlin to contain broad, flat tipped bullets and small primers, which together were supposed to reduce the chance of rounds going off in the magazine. I have no doubt that it worked. On the other hand, I'm not aware that Winchester had a history of this happening in any of their tubular magazines so it may have been a solution looking for a problem...but I'm sure Marlin's Marketing Dept was pleased. VERY SCARCE box and SEALED! sold
38-44 S&W Special

Remington. Here is a very scarce box of the "Metal Point Bullet" loading, much the rarer of the 2 types offered (plain lead being the other) in this short-lived 1930s cartridge not found in any other box style or even by any other maker. Unfortunately, the box is rough and missing both flaps. Fortunately, there are 34 of these hard-to-find original cartridges remaining, all with the rare headstamp: "Rem-UMC 38-44 S&W Spl".  [Photo'd in shrink-wrap] $75
sold
41 Long Colt Winchester. Circa mid-1880s/early '90s, this Black Powder, Colt Thunderer "Picture Box" is one of the most sought-after of all Colt boxes. Top label shows minor shelf wear. Side label with Rampant Colt logo is approx 99%. Cartridges not all native to the box as some have slightly flatter primers and smaller headstamp letters; however, all are properly headstamped "WRACo .41 L.D.A." and cases are  w/o cannelures (denoting Blk Pwdr). Much scarcer than the 38 Lightning Pic box and the 1st I've offered in several years! sold
41 Short Colt Winchester. "For Colt's Double Action & Single Action Revolvers", this Blk Pwdr box is still factory SEALED! $175
sold
.44Colt/Rem,
.44 S&W, .45 Colt & Schofield, .50 Rem Pistol
       ALSO SEE "EARLY & TRANSITIONAL" and "BARGAIN BIN" PAGES for any Frankford Arsenal offerings.
44 S&W American

 

Remington. Late Blk Pwdr offering in 1st style 1-pc box and 1st rds w/ nickel primers by any maker. All rds native to the box. Box shows wear and has some transparent tape and a pasted flap-tab; still, this is a very scarce caliber by any maker in any box style. And it's probably the cheapest full, original box in this caliber you'll ever see!

[Photo'd in shrink-wrap]
$200
sold
44 Game Getter "Ball"


 

ROBIN HOOD. Game Getter box in "Ball" loading. Unfortunately this RARE box has had some serious damage and has been repaired with transparent tape. Still The great Robin Hood logo is quite visible (see close-up pic) and the ctdgs are nice (HS: "R.H.A.Co. .44 G.G.") & all appear native to the box. Most Robin Hood Game Getters are found in blue label Blk Pwdr boxes; this red Smokeless label is the first I've seen. If you're not familiar with Game Getter box prices, most any decent full box--by ANY maker--will bring $450-550. Robin Hood bxs bring FAR more (in ANY caliber, .22s often bring well over $2000). Admittedly, a box with "problems", but chances of finding another are slim. Chances of another FULL one of ANY loading at under $500: prob near zero! sold
44 Magnum Super Vel. In the early 1960s, Lee Jurras of Shelbyville Indiana made a name for himself in the ammo world with his high velocity hollow point cartridges. Only in business for 11 years, his reputation, especially in law enforcement, was the very highest. Here is a box of his famous Jacketed Hollow Points in full weight, 240grain. $25
sold
44 Russian
"Buck Shot"

Phoenix Metallic Cartridge Co.  For the advanced S&W collector, cartridge box collector or investor, this box is titled, "3 Buck Shot, 44 Cal. / For RUSSIAN MODEL PISTOL / Patented May 17th, 1870". This is a truly unusual loading & one I've not seen in any other caliber or by any other maker. Cartridges appear to be all native to the box and are unusually nice. A nearly identical box (slightly less scuffed but only partially full) went for nearly $4500 in Amoskeag's sale last summer (Aug?). Offered at a fraction of that price, this ought to be in the "Bargain Bin"!! sold
44 Russian
Picture Box


 
UMC. Early "Dog Logo" box, ca 1870s, picturing the Smith & Wesson revolver. Considered to be far and away the BEST display box for this iconic caliber, the greatness of which is attested to by the fact that it  was chambered in American revolvers for nearly 50 years, in spite of the fact that it didn't have "Colt" or "Winchester" in its name. Further, this box is still FACTORY SEALED! Have sold 2 others, un-sealed, in the past 25 years for between $4000-5000. A great find for the serious collector (or investor)!

[This one from my personal collection.]
 

sold
44 Russian Peters. Early 2-pc, salmon label "Smokeless" box, SEALED!  They don't come much nicer!      
 [From my personal collection.]
$365
sold
44 S&W National Armory. "For Smith & Wesson's Army Revolver". Very scarce early (April 1871) SEALED box of "Martin-primed" cartridges. The National Armory, founded in Spfld MA in 1777, was George Washington's concept designed to safeguard our young nation's armament from the British. The last dated ammo I have seen from Nat'l Armory is 1871, the year of this box. Thereafter everything is from Frankford Arsenal. Virtually perfect: no tears or splits, pull string intact. This is a real piece of our country's history!
 [This packet is virtually identical to 2 other such packets sold during the past two years off this very page. You may recognize that I have not changed the description from the original listing: it is reprinted here exactly as it appeared then, including the price]. 
 $975
sold
.44Colt/Rem,
.44 S&W, .45 Colt & Schofield, .50 Rem Pistol
       ALSO SEE "EARLY & TRANSITIONAL" and "BARGAIN BIN" PAGES for Frankford Arsenal offerings.
44-40
Early 1880s

Winchester. Seldom seen and very scarce this is the box with the un-headstamped cartridge picture on the top label, circa 1880-83. While showing some shelf & handling wear, this box nonetheless contains 50 clean, original, un-headstamped cartridges. Side-seal label is about 95% and has a pic of Win M1873  on one side and a full-size pic of the ctdg on the left end. Solid box w/ no splits.
[From my personal collection ]
 Sold
44-40 Winchester. Thought to be the very FIRST Smokeless box (ca 1896-97) in this iconic caliber by Winchester (See Giles & Shuey, pg 71), this is also one of the rarest & most sought after of all Winchester boxes and is seldom found in displays or collections. Seams & corners are all tight and without repairs. FAR scarcer than the Win M73 "picture box" so often seen and at not much of a premium over that box. Nothing more need be said!  sold
44-40 Winchester. As above, but EMPTY: Thought to be the very FIRST Smokeless box (ca 1896-97) in this iconic caliber by Winchester (See Giles & Shuey, pg 71), this is also one of the rarest & most sought after of all Winchester boxes and is seldom found in displays or collections. Smokeless "Sunburst" label on side. Box is msg right lid end and outer pc of rt bottom end but no box interior visible. Also msg small pc from bottom corner (3/16 x 1/2"). FAR scarcer than the Win M73 "picture box".
Rare box, minimum condition, cheap price.
$150
sold
44-40 

John Wayne Commemorative
Issue


 
Winchester 44-40. "100 years of John Wayne" commemorative issue, celebrating the 100th anniversary of Duke's birth, 1907-2007. Extraordinary packaging and graphics with silver embossed "seal" w/ pic in center. Makes the older commemoratives look positively shabby by comparison. Cartridges are nickel-plated and have the "DUKE" headstamp. The inner tray is imprinted with the Winchester logo in red and even the bottom has a silver embossed picture. These are classiest boxes ever produced by Winchester (or any other cartridge company for that matter)! ONLY 16,000 OF THESE BOXES WERE MADE IN 44-40, FAR FEWER THAN IN 45 COLT (28,000) AND ONLY A FRACTION OF THE 65,000 MADE IN 30-30! THIS IS AN INCREDIBLY SMALL ISSUE FOR A CARTRIDGE BOX!!
 
 $95
sold
45 ACP Winchester. Early 2-pc box, label-dated 6-14, SEALED! Green side-seal label is just as nice as the top label shown. A terrific box out of my personal collection. $285
sold
45 ACP Winchester. Post-war "1946" style box full of native-to-the-box ctdgs. No flap or seam problems, unusual considering the heavy load this box has been carrying around for nearly 70 years! $55
45 ACP Riot  Ctdgs (Shot) for TSMG   Peters. Riot (Shot) Cartridges "FOR THOMPSON SUB-MACHINE GUN" and widely considered to be the most interesting (& probably earliest) display box for the historically colorful Tommy Gun. Contents are red, paper-saboted shot cartridges, all of which  appear native to the box. There no fewer than 6(!) paste-on labels: the Caution label and 1925 patent label on lid top and the "Rustless" and product code ("No.4525") labels on both ends. Of the many sub-varieties of this great box, this is arguably the best!  sold

45 Colt

Frankford Arsenal. While Oct 1873 is the earliest of these packets, it is virtually unobtainable making this Nov offering the earliest of the dates that (occasionally, at least) come on the market. Sealed, with pull string and all seams intact. Nice! $1250
sold

45 Colt

Frankford Arsenal (see next listing, below). This box is dated December 1873, the 1st month of actual Colt SAA shipments from the factory. This box is still SEALED w/ string-pull intact!  This is one of the most sought-after of ALL Colt packets!  $1150
sold

45 Colt

Frankford Arsenal. February 1874, an early month, seldom seen. While the pull-string has broken off (or been cut) at about 1/2", it's obvious that it has never been pulled to open the box as the underlying imprint of the string remains "under the skin" (see pic). These early Benet-primed "Colt's Revolver, Cal; .45" (pre-Schofield) packets were month-dated from Oct 1873-Aug 1874 only. Thereafter, the .45 "Revolver Ball" cartridges, which were shorter and less powerful to accommodate use in the S&W Schofield as well as the Colt, were year-dated till 1882. Great, desirable, early box, SEALED.  $795
sold

45 Colt


 

Frankford Arsenal, April, 1874. These early Benet-primed "Colt's Revolver, Cal; .45" (pre-Schofield) packets were month-dated from Oct 1873-Aug 1874 only. Thereafter, the .45 "Revolver Ball" cartridges, which were shorter and less powerful to accommodate use in the S&W Schofield as well as the Colt, were year-dated till 1882. Sealed, excellent original condition.  $835
 

45 Colt





Frankford Arsenal, August, 1874. While the pull-string has broken off (or been cut) at the corner, it's obvious that it has never been pulled to open the box as the underlying imprint of the string remains "under the skin" (see pic). These early Benet-primed "Colt's Revolver, Cal; .45" (pre-Schofield) packets were month-dated from Oct 1873-Aug 1874 only. Thereafter, the .45 "Revolver Ball" cartridges, which were shorter and less powerful to accommodate use in the S&W Schofield as well as the Colt, were year-dated till 1882. Great early box, CLEAN, SEALED and CHEAP! $750
sold

45 Colt & Schofield

Frankford Arsenal, 1875, sealed. This is the toughest date in this series except for 1876. String-pull is intact. Nice! $565
 
 
45 Colt & Schofield
1876
!





Frankford Arsenal, 1876, Colt & Schofield. This, the year of Custer's demise at the Little Bighorn, is by far the most sought after, and least encountered, date in the series, 1875-1881.   While the right end edges show some glue touch-up and there are traces of tape residue at the right end of the top little of this is significantly detracting (see pix). The pull-string has definitely never been pulled and the long-side edges are unquestionably original & intact as is the left end. A great, eminently displayable example of this extremely historic, 1876-dated box!
[All 6 sides of the box shown, click to enlarge]
$925

45 Colt & Schofield

Frankford Arsenal, 1877, Schofield & Colt. Harder date than any but 1875 & 1876. SEALED. $525
sold

45 Colt & Schofield

Frankford Arsenal, 1878, sealed.  A completely original, "no excuses" box! $340

45 Colt & Schofield

Frankford Arsenal, 1879, Schofield & Colt. The last year of the coated/shellacked boxes. Much less common than the 1878 packets. Nice--sealed, clean and tight! $395

45 Colt & Schofield

Frankford Arsenal, 1880, Schofield & Colt. 1880-1882 are the only years of this original 1870s style of  these packets that were not shellacked. Velocity/date stamp on side ("Velocity 779 Feet. Dec 16 1880") is very clear. Much less common than the 1878 packets. Nice, SEALED! $425
sold
 
45 Colt Peters. Here's one you don't see every day: Salmon-colored 2-pc box, early 1900s "Smkls" loading. Ctdgs all correctly headstamped "Peters 45 Colt" but not all native to the box. The box, however, is solid at all corners and edges, unusual in this heavy caliber. Interesting and scarce box by an obsolete but once-popular maker. $285
sold
45 Colt U.S. Cartridge Co. NY address, 1926-36. Founded in Lowell MA in 1869, this once major competitor of Winchester and UMC ignominiously loaded their products on the floor of Winchester's factory in New Haven from 1926 until their final demise in 1936. This is one of those final boxes. Interesting bit of history. $225
sold
45 Colt Winchester. Black powder "Colt Model 1878 D.A." picture box. Complete side label w/ Colt logo (pls ignore shrink-wrap seam). As ALL non-military .45 Colt black powder boxes are nearly impossible to find, this makes a great display box even for single-action collectors. sold
 
45 Colt Winchester. As above: Black powder "Colt Model 1878 D.A." picture box. Complete side label w/ Colt logo. This box is ca 1883-1885 while the above is ca 1907-08. The contents, however, in addition to 41 original ctdgs w/ plain primers, include 9 rds that have "w" primers though the headstamps are all identical "45 Colt WRACo". Further, the label has been skillfully "artistically enhanced" (meaning "touched up"). So, while the above, much later (1907-8), box sold for $1160, this one is priced at a more-than-reasonable, in fact CHEAP...  sold
454 Casull
Freedom Arms.  Made in their own factory in Wyoming until Winchester took over production, this is the earliest .454 box and the one in which this great ground-breaking (literally!) caliber was introduced in 1983. Headstamp is "F-A 454 CASULL" and the loading is their classic 260 gr Jacketed Flat Soft Point. The tape & tape marks (top corners) are from original "Factory sealed for your protection" printed tape which sealed the box. Has a couple edge creases but, in spite of the heavy contents, there are no separations at seams or flaps. A piece of history in a very scarce box. $85
 
455 Colt
(and other Brit designations)
Winchester. Two-pc box in VERY SCARCE & sought-after caliber. Exceptionally clean in & out. Has small Swiss "Munitions Depot" sticker on lower front edge overlapping onto bottom as sealing label.  Top label also overlaps bottom as sealing label (but box is not sealed). First collectible box in this caliber I've had in 5-10 years!                                             $495
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100 Years of Winchester Cartridge Boxes, 1856-1956
by
Ray T. Giles
&
Daniel L. Shuey

 

The 1st and ONLY definitive work on cartridge boxes, covering all the calibers for which Winchester cataloged their rifles, from the Volcanic to the Model 88. Thoroughly researched, this 312 page book contains over 1,400 full color photographs as well as price and rarity guides in a high quality, hard-cover book with dust-jacket!

Will be happy to sign your copy on request.

RTG
 

$69.95, ppd

100 years of Winchester Cartridge Boxes, 1856-1956

One Hundred Years of Winchester Cartridge Boxes, 1856-1956