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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 or personalize 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
sold
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 ACP Remington. Earliest "Dogbone" box, ca 1925-26, with rare onionskin wrap around center of box touting "Oilproof" in red print. Seldom found intact, the mere presence of the wrap attests to its condition. $85
25-20 FMJ Montgomery Ward. Thought to be circa 1930, these boxes are always scarce and desirable, but to find one in "Metal Patch" (FMJ) loading is rare. Solid with no edge or flap problems. Orig ctdgs with headstamp showing caliber only, no maker (see ctdg pic on box label). Orig Ward's price sticker on bottom ($1.27). [From my personal collection] $185
sold
25-20 FMJ

Remington. This is the earliest 1-pc box issued by Rem, ca early-1920s, and it contains the very scarce "Metal Cased Bullet" (Full Metal Jacket) loading. This was the last box found in an original factory sleeve of 5 bxs. The sleeve (not shown) is torn & not all there but you're welcome to it.

[Photo'd in shrink-wrap]

$185
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
25-20   Winchester, 2-pc Smkls box ca 1914 with the unusual purple labeling found, with very few exceptions, only on 1914-15 dated boxes. Has an indented area at left of front side label (see pic) as well some edge separation on front/left top edge (which has been carefully pasted back). The box, however, remains FACTORY-SEALED. This caliber in Winchester 2-pc boxes is becoming impossible to find in nice condition and especially so sealed!    CHEAP! $195
sold
25-20 Marlin
[Rare box]
 Winchester. Rare, red printed over-label/sticker: "Also adapted to 25-20 Marlin Rifles". Box holds 30 original ctdgs all of which have the scarce & desirable "WRACo 25-20 Mar." headstamp. The Blk Pwdr box itself dates to the late-'Teens and is very solid w/ no seam problems. This is the only such box I have ever owned, or even seen, like this! $250
25-20 SS
(Single Shot)

U.S. Cartridge Co. This Black Powder, 2-pc box labeled ".25 STEVENS, SINGLE SHOT", is every bit as colorful as the pic shows. Plus, though the bottom seams have been pasted back, the box remains factory-SEALED! A great display box, cheap! $195
sold
25-20 SS
(Single Shot)


U.M.C. Early Blk Pwdr box w/ prominent Stevens callout on side label.  Late-1880s/early-1890s, this box would also be a great box for a  Winchester M1885 Hi-Wall/Low-Wall display. Has rather inconspicuous transparent tape (partially) along some (mostly bottom) edges.  Box is solid, ctdgs all original. Rare this early!

[Photo'd in shrink-wrap]

$225
25-20 SS
(Single Shot)

Winchester. Ca early 1890s, this is the first style box in which Winchester intro'd this caliber for their Model 1885 (High-Wall/Low-Wall). If you've got an early High-Wall or Low-Wall, this is the best display box you'll likely ever find!

Out of my personal collection, it is, in fact, the very box pictured at the bottom of pg 114 of Giles & Shuey.

$275
sold
30 Mauser
(7.63 m/m)

Winchester. Seldom seen Jacketed Hollow Soft Point loading (most being Full Metal Jacket). Two-piece box, label-dated 6-15. While top edges have been pasted back, the cartridges appear to be all untouched, native to the box. SCARCE! $95
 
30 Auto Pistol

Pederson Device

Remington. Headstamped "RA H 19" these pistol-sized ctdgs were for the so-called Pederson Device which was to have converted Springfield '03 rifles to semi-auto. Uncommon box as such conversions and ammo were to have been destroyed in the '30s. 
For further info go to:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pedersen_device
$95
sold
32 ACP
(32 Auto)

 

 


[Photo'd in shrink-
wrap]

Remington-UMC, "Split-logo" box, the 1st after Rem & UMC combined marketing operations in 1911. While not discernable in the pic, the headstamp on the cartridge picture shows only UMC. By the early-'Teens, that had changed to REM-UMC, the headstamp that continued through the 1950s. Note also that the Rampant Colt Logo is prominent on the side label, which, by the way, remains SEALED! $75
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
sold
32 Colt
 Police Positive
UMC. This is the last style of "Union Metallic Co" labelings, 1908-10, pre-dating their combination with Remington in 1911. This Black Powder 2-pc box is FACTORY SEALED and in near-perfect condition. $125
sold
32 Colt
 New Police
Winchester. Very early Blk Pwdr "Picture box", ca 1900-1905. SEALED, and nearly flawless!!
(Nothing more need be said.)
$195
32 Long Colt Peters. "Arched Logo" box, ca 1898/early-1900s. Side-seal slit but all there. Contents appear native to the box. [Scan appears a bit brighter than actual] $95
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]

 
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     
 [Photo'd in shrink-wrap]
Remington. This is the first 1-pc box by Rem and is thought to be the last in Blk Pwdr. Virtually mint, apparently from an original case and probably in a bed-stand drawer ever since! $75
32 S&W Winchester. Very early SEALED Blk Pwdr "Picture box" with callout: "Expressly for Smith & Wesson New No. 32 Cal. Central Fire Revolver".  "Central Fire" designation is indication of early 1880s labeling; by 1885-86 Winchester used "Center Fire" for the handgun calibers. Sealed blk pwdr boxes this early are exceptionally rare, especially with near perfect labels, both top & side-seal. $165
32 S&W Winchester. "Rifle Cartridges"?? Hardly. There were NO rifles chambered for this cartridge. But most government bureaucrats were no smarter then than now, especially as regards guns, so when a few states decided to tax "pistol ammo" the ammunition companies simply labeled their handgun ammo as rifle ammo. Problem solved! Since these labels were only marketed in a few states, and the states' revenue results apparently not very successful, the number of such boxes to be found are few. Clean, SEALED bit of interesting history. [The minor glitsch that can be seen under the "ss" in Wesson is not as bad as it looks: the 2 dark areas are shadow from the scan.] $95
sold
32 S&W Winchester. Blk Pwdr S&W revolver "Picture box", ca 1912, SEALED & MINTY! $125
32 S&W Long
w/ RARE Self- Lube B't.

 
UMC. From the mid-1890s and for about 15 years thereafter, UMC made "Self Lubricating Bullets", a premium loading made in a limited number of pistol calibers, which carried a lubricant in a cavity within the bullet that, upon firing, would push the lube out of 4 holes in the bullet and onto the rifling in the gun barrel. This Blk Pwdr box is in EXC condition as are the original ctdgs therein. Seldom seen, it is the only such box I have ever offered (in any caliber)! $325
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 U.S. Cartridge Co. NYC address, ca 1930s. One the last offerings by this iconic maker which by this time was actually working off the Winchester factory floor. Interesting "blackout" of bottom line and "U.S.A. Patent Pending" over-printed along side, the only such box I've ever seen.
[From my personal collection]
$135
sold

32-20 "Winchester High Velocity"

     Western. Super-X box, w/ Child Warning, thought to be the last issue in this loading, early/mid-1960s. This is the scarce 80 grain JHP loading with the warning: "Do Not Use in Pistols, Revolvers or M73 Winchester Rifles". Muzzle velocity stated on the box: 2100 fps! Clean, solid box, clean rds; getting very hard to find! $95
sold
FIRST Box!

32-20
(32 WCF)

 
Winchester. This is the FIRST 32-20 box, ca 1882-85. 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
32-20
(32 WCF)
  Winchester. This "1932" box is the exact box pictured on pg 56 of Giles & Shuey. Exc condition in & out, all rds appear native to the box. Exceptionally bright and solid, these early 1-pc boxes are seldom found in this condition!
[From my personal collection]
$265
sold
32-20
(32 WCF)
Western. The famous "Ghost Logo" box, ca late-'20s. It's kinda rough with most of the printing on the bottom rubbed off but containing 42 of its 50 original ctdgs in the unusual metal-tabbed inner tray. Also, incredibly, the cardboard is all there with both flaps in place (tho one is taped on w/ transparent tape). Originally offered in only a few calibers but seldom seen in any. $85
sold
32 WSL
(Win Mod 1905)

 

Peters.  Clean "Rustless" box & ammo. Getting impossible to find! $150
32 WSL
(Win M05)
Winchester. "1946 style" box, clean & solid.

$165

351 WSL Western "Bullseye" box. Clean, bright & solid! $110
sold

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, both close to the same condition but 1st call gets better box.

$50

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 S&W  Winchester. "Smith & Wesson Picture Box", callouts for not only S&W but Harrington & Richardson as well as Hopkins & Allen. Great color, clean & solid w/ no seam problems. Side-seal label 99% as well. Picture boxes of any kind are always in great demand as they are perfect for display with any of their respective guns. $150
38 Colt Special Winchester. The uncommon "38 Colt Special" is nothing more than a 38 S&W Special except that the bullets are flat-nose rather than round nose. Upon this insignificant & irrelevant difference did Winchester hope to make this increasingly popular caliber into a Winchester proprietary caliber. Obviously the attempt failed as we now commonly refer to the caliber simply as "38 Special" or, occasionally, "38 S&W Special". But never as "38 Colt Special". Solid box containing 35 original ctdgs headstamped: "WRACo .38 Colt Sp'l". Interesting and fairly scarce bit of cartridge history!

$75

38 Colt Special Winchester. Bright & colorful "1939" box, tight seams & flaps, all ctdgs appear native to the box, NICE. 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
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 S&W Special
"Super Police"
200 gr bullet
Western. This is the loading highly sought by S&W and Colt revolver collectors: the "Super Police" marked box with the scarce 200 gr bullet.

Exceptionally clean & solid!

$110
sold
38 Special
"Hi-Speed"

(click to enlarge)
Remington. This 1930's box is stated "...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: "Rem-UMC .38 Spl. H.S." This is the only loading other than the specifically titled .38-44 loadings that make such a call-out. If you have a .38-44 and can't find (or afford!) a "Dogbone" box of that ammo, this is your only other choice and it's a lot cheaper! $110
38 Super
(1ST BOX)
Remington "Dogbone" box. The EARLIEST labeling in this caliber, ca 1930. All original, native-to-the-box ctdgs. Side label shows Colt's recommendation and "Rampant Colt" logo. $80
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

                      

 



Remington-UMC, ca. 1918. This SEALED box appears to be straight out of an original brick sleeve! Interestingly, this commercial labeling  is found with military dated (1918) headstamps as often as with comm'l, undated headstamps, making this box appropriate for military collectors as well as sporting and domestic law enforcement collectors. Also note the desirable Rampant Colt Logo on the side-seal. sold
38 L Colt
Lightning Pic Box
Winchester. As most 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.  Clean and solid with no split seams and great color on both top & side labels. Ammo all original as well. Hard to find this nice!   $825
sold
38 CLMR UMC. ".38  Cal. Colt's L.M.R." (Colt's Lightning Magazine Rifle). This SEALED 1890s Black Powder 2-pc box contains the very desirable "UMC .38 CLMR" headstamped ctdgs. Box integrity is 100%. A great Colt collectible! $850
sold
38-40
(38 WCF)
Remington-UMC. Black Powder, 2-pc box from the late 'Teens and picturing a Remington Model 25 rifle on the side-seal label. Interestingly, that rifle was only chambered in 25-20 and 32-20, not 38-40! Box is tight and and solid in all respects, ammo all original, and the side-seal so complete it looks sealed (tho it isn't). Interesting box, reasonably priced! $365
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, SEALED!!
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 2nd of 3 that have eventually turned up during the past 11 years and the first one that was found factory-SEALED! Cartridges will be unheadstamped and the box is solid. Top label shows very light shelf/handling wear while side-seal label is virtually 100%. The caliber having been first cataloged in 1880, it is my educated guess 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 very RARE!! $3650
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. Blk Pwdr "Win '73" box, "Center Fire" callout (rather than the earlier "Central Fire", discontinued 1898). This box still FACTORY-SEALED!
(Photo'd in shrink-wrap)
$750
sold
 
38-40
(38 WCF)


Winchester. The 12-19 dated labeling of this full-cover, Black Powder box was only around for about one month! The 1-20 dated box, which is fairly common, came out only a month after this one (see Giles & Shuey, pg 60). This is only the 2nd such box I have ever encountered. While the label shows water staining at the right end, it is tight & solid in all respects and the ammo is clean, correct & quite probably native to the box. Rare box very reasonably priced! $585
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
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. Since most of these revolvers were produced in the Black Powder era, the most desirable of the Colt Thunderer picture boxes is this Blk Pwdr 2-pc box by Winchester.  Clean and solid with no split seams and great color on both top & side labels. Ammo all original as well. Hard to find this nice! $1125
41 Long Colt Winchester. As above, 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 some even shelf wear. Side-seal label (tho not sealed on 3 sides) is approx 80-85% but the side featuring the Rampant Colt logo is closer to 99% & is SEALED. (see pic). There are 35 "WRACo  .41 L.D.A." headstamped cartridges though not all are native to the box as some have slightly different primers.  Still, these boxes are highly collectible and displayable and this one is exceptionally CHEAP! $545
.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 Bull Dog Winchester. While the label shows some scuffing this VERY HARD TO FIND caliber is in a SEALED 2-pc, Black Powder box, circa early-1880s. The cartridge pic on the label shows no headstamp and, according to our research, the "Central Fire" callout lasted only through 1884 (after which it became "Center Fire") . The scuffing (note that the scuffs are mostly rounded) is most likely from the weight of boxes above this one in the original crate rubbing against the underlying points of the bullets in this box. We have seen this occurrence fairly often over the years. Rare box, the 1st full Bull Dog box we've ever sold.
(From my personal collection).
$395
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 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 Special Winchester. "1946" style box. Very sound w/ no flap or seam probs which is unusual in these very heavy cartridges in the fairly fragile 1-pc boxes of this period. The black smudge on the Win stripe may be removable (I didn't try). $125
.44Colt/Rem,
.44 S&W, .45 Colt & Schofield, .50 Rem Pistol
 

     ALSO SEE "EARLY & TRANSITIONAL" and "BARGAIN BIN" PAGES for
 Frankford Arsenal and other offerings.

44-40 U.M.C. Black Powder 2-pc box, ca 1892-1903, with near-perfect, bright label. All original, inside & out. Ctdgs all appear native to the box. Solid box w/ 95+% side-seal. Perfect display box, not only for Winchester rifles, but for Marlin and other makes of rifles & revolvers--and without having to pay a "Winchester price" (twice this much) for a Winchester box! $395
sold
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. Rare "Smokeless Powder, Lead Bullet" loading. Nearly all Smkls loads are Jacketed Soft Points. This labeling is so scarce we didn't know it existed until well after writing the book (Giles & Shuey: One Hundred Years of Winchester Cartridge Boxes, 1856-1956)! Box is solid with no seam splits, ctdgs are correct with "w" primers.      [Photo'd in shrink-wrap] $650
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 Riot  Ctdgs (Shot) for TSMG  

Peters. Riot (Shot) Cartridges "FOR THOMPSON SUB-MACHINE GUN" and widely considered to be the most interesting display box for the historically colorful Tommy Gun. There are 2 or 3 places where some earlier owner and erstwhile artist has lettered in by hand where the print was scuffed or missing, a very minor detraction. Contents are paper-saboted shot cartridges, all of which  appear native to the box.  Of the many sub-varieties of this great box, this is often considered the best! $500
sold
45 ACP
"Metal Piercing"
Western Super-X. Earliest box in this Gangster-era loading. Note the black Super-X logo on the flap and the small "W.C.Co." in the upper left corner of bottom pic, both indicative of early-1930s labeling. No slit or weak seams or flaps, unusual in these heavy, early 1-pc boxes. Clean, original, nickel-plated ctdgs. Seldom seen, especially in this solid condition. $150

45 Colt

Frankford Arsenal. As stated above: 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. While still full, this one however appears to have had its string pulled and then skillfully pasted back. Fortunately, the appearance of this packet is exceptionally nice and bright and it displays beautifully with a couple barely noticeable seam or edge splits that lack the varnish or lacquer that would normally fill them in. A real bargain at... $695
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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
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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
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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
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45 Colt & Schofield

Frankford Arsenal, 1875, sealed. This is the toughest date in this series except for 1876. String-pull is intact. Nice! $565
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45 Colt & Schofield
1876
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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
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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 760 Feet. Dec 27 1880") is very clear. Much less common than the 1878 packets. Nice, SEALED! $425
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45 Colt & Schofield Frankford Arsenal, Schofield & Colt, date-stamped "June 1887". Sealed and tight, pull-string still in place. None of the common seam separations. These later dates are far harder to find than the 1877-81 packets. $465
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45 Colt & Schofield Frankford Arsenal. Packet of 12 blanks, date stamped on side: "Oct 3 1889". Am told they were used primarily for horse training in the cavalry.  SEALED! $100
45 Colt UMC. Black Powder 2-pc box, ca 1890s. All corners & edges tight, ctdgs all appear native to the box. A really nice example of a commercial Blk Pwdr box, these being FAR rarer than the military Frankford Arsenal packets. $825
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45 Colt Winchester. Black Powder "Colt Model 1878 D.A." picture box, ca 1907. SEALED side label highlights Rampant Colt logo. Although some of the letters in the "Colt's Double Action..." line have been touched up (barely noticeable but noted for accuracy) this box is SEALED & EXCELLENT IN ALL RESPECTS!  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. $1250

 

45 Colt Winchester.   Black powder "Colt Model 1878 D.A." picture box, complete side label w/ Colt logo. While similar in appearance to the above box, this box is approx 25 years older, ca 1883-1885, with the "Central Fire" callout (rather than Center Fire).  The 38 original rds contained therein all have the correct plain primers and are "WRACo .45 Colt" headstamped. The box is very solid with NO split seams. And, as stated above, "ALL non-military .45 Colt black powder boxes are nearly impossible to find"; that's  especially true in this condition and from this early period! $1075
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450 "Target Revolver"
 
  UMC. Cal. .450 (Colt, Adams, Webley) is a very scarce caliber in ANY box but especially by an American manufacturer! Ca 1890s, the box has transparent tape along the lower right end but is sturdy and bright and has 47 orig Blk Pwdr ctdgs. Seldom seen, this is only the 2nd box in this caliber I've ever owned and the only one by UMC! $350
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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

 

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100 years of Winchester Cartridge Boxes, 1856-1956

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