Here is a very interesting box. Originally labeled for 38 Smith & Wesson
cartridges, it was marked on both the top and bottom end panels in pen '35
S&W.AUTO F.P. MADE BY W.R.A.Co.' and stamped 'OCT 11 1913'. The label has a
'7-7' date code in the lower right corner, and is marked 'Pat. June 28,
1910' (Lesmok patent date??).
According to Dan Shuey, author of the new book W.R.A.Co. Headstamped
Cartridges and Their Variations, this box was likely used to hold .35 S&W
cartridges in Winchester's reference collection, which was housed in a room
that came to be called 'the Vault'. According to Dan, the boxes used to
store the collection were mostly 32 and 38 Smith & Wesson boxes, as well as
some 38 Merwin & Hulbert boxes. These boxes tend to be in 'minty' condition
when found, as this one is.
This is a box of .38 Extra Long shot cartridges by the American Metallic
How often do you see a 9.8mm Colt Auto box?
Here's a beauty. This US Cartridge Company box has a lot going for it -
its full of Farrington primed 50-70 cartridges, has a gorgeous orange label,
and is the Frazier's patent style with the wound piece of cardboard inside
to separate the cartridges.
Thanks again Guy for sharing these photos with us.
If anyone else out there would like to share images of cartridges or
boxes, please send them to George Hoyem
at Armory Publications or to Brian
Clark and we would be happy to post them here on the web.