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Empty .38 Short Rimfire Shot Box (Phoenix Metallic Cartridge Co.)
Item #: Z5700
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Z5700 Empty .38 Short Rimfire Shot Box (Phoenix Metallic Cartridge Co.)
Description: Nice empty box that once contained 25 .38 short rimfire shot cartridges. It’s a two-piece box with a red top, green label, and a buff paper bottom. Both the top and bottom have soiling from age but are in decent condition considering the age. The top has glued seams and the bottom remains untouched. The Phoenix Metallic Cartridge Company was located in South Coventry, Connecticut. It was founded in 1872 and was sold in 1891.

This box would have been filled with .38 short rimfire shot cartridges. The patent date on the box top refers to Henry F. Mason’s patent No. 219,491 for an improvement in cartridges. In short, this patent refers the receptacle or paper sabot used in multi-ball and shot cartridges.

The top label reads as follows:

25 SHOT CARTRIDGES
38 CAL. SHORT
Patented Sept. 9th 1879.
MANUFACTURED BY
PHOENIX METALLIC CARTRIDGE CO.
SO COVENTRY, CONN., U.S.A.

The side label reads as follows:
SHOT CARTRIDGES
38 SHOT.
Rim Fire. No. 9 Shot.


Measures: 2 1/8” x 2 1/8” x 1.25”
Reference: "Cartridge of South Coventry” Krasnickas Pg. 242




Shipping Weight: 0.25 lb
Item # Z5700
Your Price $75.00 USD

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