This is a March of 1864 contract cartridge box, complete with tins, and all plates.
This cartridge box made by Baker & McKenny, New York, was made under the March contract of 1864. It is marked on the inner flap. The box is all original including the US oval box plate and the 1839 pattern eagle breast plate, all held on by the original leather thongs, and the tins.
The overall condition of the leather is very good, with the bridle leather on the sling showing the most wear; crackling, and edge wear including flaking. The box flap shows the most wear, having taken on more of use and the elements. The finish in some areas has worn down to the main leather, and has a reddish hue. In the photo showing the underside of the flap it would appear that the brass rivet that held the closure strap was replace; that is not the case. The rivet is one of the features of the new March pattern box. In the manufacture of this particular box, the machine must have missed the leather, and an additional strip of stitching (lower) was added. The other feature of the ’64 pattern box is the use of small strap buckles.
No history with this box, just a nice representative piece.