Saturday, February 16, 2008
“Cartridge boxes became popular in the 1860s with the invention of the repeating rifle and carbine. Much like sports fans collect baseball cards, firearms aficionados look to add rare cartridge boxes to their collections.
The boxes come in a variety of materials. The earliest usually were made of tin. In the 1860s, two-piece paper boxes became more popular and gradually evolved into today’s standard one-piece construction with a fold-over lid. These one-piece paper cases were coated with wax to make them water-resistant. In the 1960s, Remington made plastic boxes to help further protect against water damage.
Some of the most collectible cartridge boxes come from the Civil War period.”