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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 (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 the first one I have ever offered. sold
22 Hornet

Remington Kleanbore, ca 1950. "45 gr Mushroom Bullet". A couple minor edge/corner scuffs but full of native-to-the-box ctdgs.

 

$45
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
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 H.V.

 

Peters. Mid-'30s "Kings Mills" address box in the very scarce 86 grain (full weight) JSP High Velocity loading. Exc cond in & out! $225
25-20 Single Shot

US Ctdg Co. Sometimes titled "25 Stevens Single Shot" as labeled here. Not sealed but the side-seal lbl is 99% complete and ammo appears native to the box. Solid box w/ no splits or repairs. A really nice example of a caliber that is increasingly difficult to locate. $150
sold
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] $500
sold
32 ASP
(Auto Savage Pistol)

AS ABOVE...: "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 label is near perfect (most unusual)."  The right end label is about 75-80%; unfortunately, the left end is only 25-30% (pix on request).
Still, this is a very scarce early box with great color & graphics!
$400
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
"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
32-20 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

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 Peters. Earliest Peters box in this caliber, ca mid-1930s w/ Kings Mills address. Shows some shelf wear, but tight flaps & seams and all original nickel-plated rds. 

$200

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

38 A.C.P.

(38 Auto)

Remington-UMC. 2-pc box ca 1915. Side label has Colt recommendation and shows the famous "Rampant Colt" logo. Sealed, looks like it just came out of the original case!
(Photo'd in shrink-wrap)
$125
sold
38 Colt Special Winchester. "1932" series. Other than a scuff on one edge, the box is in exc condition with tight flaps & seams & great color. Colt Special differs from the S&W Spl only in that the Colt loading has a flat bullet as opposed to the S&W round-nose b't. Since the commonly available .38 S&W Spl ctdgs worked very nicely in the Colts, the "Colt Special" loading & nomenclature was soon dropped. Scarce, interesting box, the last Win listed in this caliber. $135
sold
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
sold
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 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
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 S&W Special +P
Metal-Piercing
Win-Western. These are the very scarce 150gr "Metal Piercing", pointed b't rds and are significantly rarer than .357 MP. These are NOT "Armor Piercing" military rds but I'm told are still banned by some states (prob CA and a few others--pls check your state's laws!).    [End flap photo'd in shrink-wrap] $95
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
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. "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. The RARE "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. RARE box and SEALED! 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 Colt & Remington Frankford Arsenal, "Martin [primed] Cartridges, For Colt's and Remington's Revolvers". Very early (1st year) SEALED 12-pack, dtd June, 1871. Pull string intact w/ none of the common edge splits. NOT a glued-edge, repaired packet as are so many of these. Martin primed ctdgs are widely sought by collectors as being the earliest successful center-fire priming system adopted by the U.S. military. 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 Western Super-X. Early 50-rd box, ca 1962-68, showing minor shelf wear but w/ good color and tight flaps & seams. $47.50
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 S&W National Armory. "For Smith & Wesson's Army Revolver". Very scarce early 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 the one sold earlier this year @$975 off this very page. You may recognize that I have not changed the description from that listing: it is reprinted here exactly as it appeared then]. sold
 
44 S&W Special Winchester. Colorful "1946" box. Unusually clean with no flap or seam problems (unusual for these heavy calibers). Not often seen box! $95
.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 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! $1450
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
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
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! $695
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.  In spite of the facts that I bought this box as "Sealed" (string-pull is present) and that edge splits and flaking were common on these lacquered boxes, I'm not convinced this box hasn't been re-sealed, if only partially. Priced $300 below "unquestionably sealed", this remains an eminently displayable example of the true Frankford Arsenal "Colt's Revolver" box, something that was produced for only 11 months (Oct 1873-Aug 1874)!  $585

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

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

Frankford Arsenal, 1878, sealed. While the most often seen of this 7-year series, they're not generally as nice as this one! $365

45 Colt & Schofield

Frankford Arsenal, 1880, Schofield & Colt. 1880 is the first year that these packets were not shellacked. Velocity/date stamp on side is very clear (see pic). Much less common than the 1878 packets. Nice, SEALED! $425
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... $500
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
 



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