Sweet example of a War of 1812 1808 pattern cartridge box.
Unlike a number of 1808 style cartridge boxes with squared flaps, this box has the scolloped lower edge, reminiscent of the Revolutionary War patterns. The box is fitted with a block of wood drilled for 26 .69 caliber cartridges, and having a tin, divided compartment below the block with access through a front flap incorporated on the front of the box.
The flag is 9.5 inches at its widest, and approximately 7.5 inches high. The box front width is 8 7/8 inches and 2.5 inches wide.
A scribed edge flap is held down with the use of a one piece brass cast button. The original wrought sling buckles are in place with their original retaining leather straps. The flap leather continues in one piece to form the back of the box. The side and bottom are all one section, and these two sections are sewn together (with stitching tight). There is a piece of leather sewn across the back top of the box which acts as the sling guides.
Leather is in fine condition for the age of the ca rtridge box, having typical crazing, and some chipping, rubbing etc.
A wonderful example of an American cartridge box of the War of 1812 era.