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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 WCF

Winchester. Blk Pwdr box w/earliest type label though ca 1900-1903 (Giles & Shuey, pg 112, top left). Solid box, still SEALED! $150
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
25-20

Western. "Bullseye" box, Olin Inds, post-war. 86 gr JSP, clean bx, inside & out. sold
25-20

Winchester. Earliest SuperSpeed box and rarest of the 8 calibers in that very limited 2 year series. Contains 8 orig tinned-jacket hollow point cartridges. Normally a partial box like this w/b in the Bargain Bin, but not this one! Took me 15 years to find one for my personal collection. $140
sold
256 Win Magnum
"Match Grade"

Winchester-Western. This rare batch of 60 gr jacketed hollow point MATCH GRADE was loaded for testing by SAAMI (Sporting Arms and Ammunition Institute).  Never seen it before, not likely to again! $95
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
32 ACP
(Auto)
Peters. Salmon-colored "Banner" label, ca early 1900s. Cincy address. Not just early and colorful, but SEALED! $85
sold
32 ACP
(Auto)
Winchester. Very scarce Soft Point loading (most, by far, were full metal jacket). Lbl date 6-17. And it's SEALED! $85
sold
32 CLMR UMC. Early box for Colt's Lightning Magazine Rifle (CLMR) with the desirable "Rampant Colt" logo. Further, the ctdgs are all headstamped "UMC 32 CLMR", the most sought after headstamp, as opposed to the other available (and correct) headstamps:  "UMC .32 CFW" and "UMC .32 CF SH". Box is solid and label is clean & sharp. NICE! $850
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 Winchester. Smokeless Powder "PICTURE BOX", 6-1911 label date. Winchester logo in quotes & block letters. Clean! $95
32 S&W Winchester. Smokeless Powder "PICTURE BOX", 2-1912 . Winchester logo in italics and quotes. Several label differences in a box that's only 8 months later than the previous listing. $90
sold
32 S&W Long Winchester. This is the very scarce "1945 Olin" box, a 1-year variety that was quickly superseded by the red/yellow "1946" box. I have seen NO others in this caliber in 30 years! Full & original, from my personal collection. $95
sold
32 WSL
(Win Self-Loading Mod 1905)
Winchester. "1946 style", the last in which this caliber was made by Win. $135
sold
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 Western. "Bullseye" box, Olin (post-war). Bright & solid box and clean, orig 100 gr SP ctdgs.

$85
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". Solid box, clean rds; getting very hard to find! $85
32-20 Winchester. Blk Pwdr, 2-pc box, ca 1902-05 (see Giles & Shuey pg 52, top). This is the first box to call out the Model 1892 in addition to the Model 1873 (see pic of end lbl; pls ignore shrink-wrap). Clean, solid box w/ all correct to the box ctdgs. Nice!
sold
32-20 Winchester, "1939" style box. Shows some handling or shelf wear, but box is solid & all rds appear native to the box. Cheap! $75
sold
32-44 S&W Target Winchester. Blk Pwdr, 2-pc box, ca 1890s, "Adapted to Smith & Wesson's .32-44 Target Revolver." Early style side-seal. Black powder boxes this early, in calibers as scarce as this, are nearly impossible to find. Better yet, it's still SEALED!
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
35 S&W

Remington-UMC. Two-pc box, ca 1916-20, in "Metal Point Bullet" (jacketed lead-bearing b't) loading. As in the  preceding box, ctdgs will have nickel primers with impressed "u". While SEALED, the side-seal is dark & is approx 85% as it is missing a piece of the lower front edge. [Focus on pic (scan) is weak because the label is recessed in the lid on these boxes.] $150
35 S&W Remington-UMC. Ca WWI, this SEALED box is the much scarcer Soft Point" loading. Side-seal label 98%. NICE! $190
sold
351 WSL Remington. Klnbore, 177 gr FMJ loading. MINT from orig case. $110
351 WSL Western. "Bullseye" box, pre-Olin, ca 1940. FMJ loading. $115
351 WSL Winchester. Solid & colorful "1939 Series" box. Ctdgs are clean & all appear native to the box. Nice! $145
sold
357 Magnum Peters. Earliest Peters box in this caliber, ca mid-1930s w/ Kings Mills address. Tight flaps & seams. All original. Nice!

$275
sold

9 M/M Luger Remington. "Dogbone" box, ca 1930. What makes this box special is the "124 Gr Hollow Point Bullet", a very scarce loading in this caliber. The right flap has been reinforced with transparent tape, otherwise the box is solid and the rds are all correct.


$50

38 ACP
(Auto)
UMC. Very early box for the very early Colts, ca 1902-1908. Solid box full of orig ammo, all of which appears native to the box. Interestingly, the box is the so-called "patent box" of 1883, distinguished by its round corners and two embossed 1" diameter circles on the lid & bottom. Discontinued by UMC in 1903 this would be one of the last such boxes (though could well have been a bit later than 1903 as nothing was ever thrown out by the ammo manufacturers).

$150
sold

38 ACP
(Auto)
Winchester. Popular, bright & colorful "1932 Series" box, only around for about 5 Depression Era years. Exceptional condition!
[From my personal collection]
$95
sold
 
38 Colt New Police Winchester. Smkls, 2-pc box lbl-dtd 4-15. Great color, side label actually looks better than any sealed box. Really nice! $85
38 Colt Special Remington. Early 1-pc box, ca 1924. Exceptionally clean, bright & solid box. Contents all orig and appear native. Nothing more than a .38 S&W Spl with a flat bullet, but a very hard to find caliber, esp this nice!
(Pls ignore shrink-wrap seam on side)

[Out of my personal collection]

$135
sold
38 Colt Special Winchester. "1932" series, 1-pc bx. Clean and colorful w/ all orig, native-to-the-box, flat bullet ctdgs. Bottom has basically the same graphics and condition is just as nice. Hard to find in Winchester box. This is the last labeling in this scarce caliber. $140
sold
38 S&W Peters. Early, 2-pc "Arched Logo" box, thought to be circa 1898-1905. Full box but 6 are non-orig "fillers". $50
sold
38 S&W Special
Mid-Range
Winchester. "1927" series, the earliest 1-pc bx in scarce "Sharp Corner" target loading. Very clean & solid.
[From my personal collection]
$95
sold
38 S&W Special Western. "Bullseye" box, 1950s. Minty!! $50
38 Long Colt

Remington-UMC. This box was actually a WWI military issue in a commercial box. Headstamps are "Rem-UMC 1918". Desirable Colt Logo on side (see pic). $75
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! $725
38 Short Colt UMC "red ball" logo Smkls box. Seldom-seen caliber in short-lived labeling (1908-11). Solid w/ good color. $75
38 Short Colt U.S. Cartridge Co.  Blk Pwdr 2-pc box. SEALED & MINTY! $95
sold
38-40
(38 WCF)
Winchester. Second style box, ca 1880s, w/ red side label (97-98%). (See Giles & Shuey, pg 59, 1st bx.)  Ctdgs all correct, tight seams on lid & bottom, very unusual in these boxes! Much scarcer than 44-40 boxes from the same period but priced similarly. sold
 
38-40
(38 WCF)
Winchester. "Smokeless", 2-pc box, ca 1915. Both side and top labels 99+%. Much harder to to find than the earlier Black Powder boxes [see Giles & Shuey, pg 64]. Totally original and SEALED.  They don't come much better! $750
sold
38-40
(38 WCF)

Winchester. Here's one that's not in Giles & Shuey: The short-lived "1945" Olin box that was quickly superseded by the red & yellow "1946" series. We didn't know this caliber existed in this box until after the book was published. This is still only the 2nd that's turned up. Full & correct, this is a rare find! $215
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
9.8m/m
Auto Colt


Winchester. Often sought but seldom seen, this cartridge was developed for a Euro version of Colt's auto pistol.  However it was never adopted by any nation & remains a RARE & interesting anomaly among both Colt and Winchester cartridge collectors. This box, label-dated 8-11 as all in this caliber are, is sealed and stamped on the bottom: "Muzzle Velocity 1200 F.S.". Great color, nearly perfect condition!


sold
 

41 Short Colt Winchester. Black Powder, 2-pc box "For Colt's Double Action Pistol" (Model 1877 DA Thunderer). Clean & solid box full of orig factory rds. Nice! sold
41 Long Colt Winchester 2-pc "Picture Box" showing the Colt M1877 "Thunderer". There is no callout for either Smkls or Blk Pwdr but the green label denotes the latter. Ctdgs are all headstamped "WRACo 41 LDA" but they are mixed rds, not all native to the box. Side label is 95%+ and has Colt logo including "Rampant Colt". These .41 L Colt picture bxs have been bringing auction prices in excess of $1000! 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 Western. "Red Diamond" logo box,  ca 1911/early-1920's. Very difficult caliber to locate, much scarcer than 44 Russian or Colt. SEALED! $375
sold
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 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 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 Peters. Early Smkls 2-pc, salmon label box, Cincy address, ca 1900-1910. Side label 99%, all rds appear clean & native to the box. None of the usual seam splits commonly found on these heavy boxes. Great caliber (see further description below) in a solid, eminently displayable box. Compare this to those common red 2-pc Winchester (Olin, post-War) boxes and the prices those go for! $250
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 Winchester. Post-War 2-pc, full cover Smkls box. Sealed 1 end only. Clean ammo. Frequently offered & sold by (low-knowledge) dealers as 1920s (or older) boxes, which indeed they very much resemble. However, the Olin Inds callout indicates post-war manufacture. Still a very nice box! $125
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
.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 Peters. Kings Mills address, 1930s. Popular 1-pc 50-rd box w/ ctdg pic in the most desirable of calibers. And, it's MINTY!
 
$150
sold
44-40
FMJ
 
Remington. Early (pre-1930) "Dogbone" box in seldom-seen Full Metal Jacket loading. Also shows pic of the scarce Rem M14-1/2 on side panel. A couple seams or flaps pasted back and missing a couple internal tabs, but a RARE box full of very scarce ctdgs! $125
44-40 UMC. Blk Pwdr 2-pc box.  Full and correct, this is the least expensive way to own a full 2-pc box of black powder .44-40s. If you don't absolutely have to have a Winchester box in this iconic caliber, this is the way to go! $375
on hold
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 & 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
1889-1895

 
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!!
HAND-PICKED, WE HAVE 3 OF THESE BOXES THAT HAVE NONE OF THE TYPICAL SCRATCHES, FLAKES, DENTS & ABRASIONS NORMALLY FOUND ON THESE BOXES. IF THESE WERE COINS THEY'D BE PROOFS!
sold
out
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 ACP (Auto)

Reminton-UMC. WWI military headstamp "1918" but in the highly sought after, scarce and desirable 200 grain bullet. Cheap!! $165

45 Colt

Frankford Arsenal, June, 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. Great early box, CLEAN & SEALED! sold

45 Colt & Schofield

Frankford Arsenal, 1875, sealed. This is the toughest date in this series except for 1876. String-pull is intact. Nice!
[Uneven color is the result of the shellac coating applied to these packets as weatherproofing, a practice which was discontinued in 1880]
$575
sold

45 Colt & Schofield

Frankford Arsenal, 1875. Pull-string evidently has opened the top back edge and then been put back (see pic). Still, a nice display box of the 1st year of this Schofield or "Short Colt" loading after the discontinuance of the "Long" Colt loadings of 1873-74. $350

45 Colt & Schofield

Frankford Arsenal, 1877, Schofield & Colt. Harder date than any but 1875 & 1876. Weak label print but SEALED w/ NONE of the typical edge/seam splits! sold

45 Colt & Schofield

Frankford Arsenal, 1878, Schofield & Colt. The most common date of these great "US Cavalry" packets. SEALED! $350
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
45 Colt Winchester. Smokeless powder "Colt Model 1878 D.A." 2-pc picture box. Side lbl 98%. Great color, scarce box! Great display for any post-1898 .45 Colt! sold
45 Colt

Winchester. Rare Smokeless Powder 2-pc "RIFLE CARTRIDGES" box. Primary label (top) is ca 1902-05 though side-seal, which is over-stickered "For Rifles", is 9-14 dated. [This caliber was obviously not a rifle caliber but companies used that callout in about 4 or 5 states that taxed handgun ammo, bureaucrats being no brighter then than now apparently.]

 Smkls 45 Colt boxes from this period are invariably found with top-label pictures of the Colt DA M1878 or, in the late-'Teens, the Colt New Service.  Though opened, the side lbl is 99+% (pls ignore shrink-wrap lines on sides). I have shown this box to several knowledgeable cartridge & gun dealers/collectors and, like myself, none have seen it before!

sold
45 Colt Gov't (Schofield) Winchester. Blk pwdr 2-pc box. Label a bit faded but ctdgs are correct & original and all appear native to the box. Headstamps are simply, "WRACo .45 Colt". Seldom seen commercial box. $395
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