Lot 411: Federal pattern infantryman's M1864 .58 caliber cartridge box carried by Union soldier Adam Fitzkee of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, identified on a period pasteboard card enclosed in the implement pouch reading, "Cartridge Box used by Adam Fitzkee." The black bridle leather accouterment set is complete with the M1864 cartridge box, sling, and attached percussion cap box. The cartridge box measures approximately 8 x 6.5 x 2 and retains both original inner two-compartment tins, all inner flaps and tabs, brass oval "US" plate adorning the main flap, and both roller buckles and finial. Crisply impressed on the top of the inner flap is the maker's stamp, "H. W. Oliver, Pittsburg, PA." The leather shoulder strap is stamped "Boyd & Sons, Boston," and is complete with both sets of leather billets intact. An attractive circular brass Eagle breastplate decorates the sling, and the leather percussion cap box is attached with two leather loops on the back; a maker's mark, "W. Kinsey & Co, Newark, NJ," is stamped on the top of the inner percussion cap box flap, and the box retains its original fleece and pink. All stitching is original and tight. Some flaking and cracking to the sling, otherwise overall fine condition. Impressively well-preserved with great visual appeal. Provenance: The Horse Soldier. Accompanied by a packet of photocopied records detailing Fitzkee's military service. Fitzkee served two stints in the Union Army, first in Company B, 130th Pennsylvania Volunteers from August 1862 until March 1863. During this period he received a scalp wound at Antietam while charging an enemy position near the sunken road. He reenlisted in February 1865, this time serving in the 195th until January 1866.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 462
Wednesday, 14th October 2015
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