Rare American Metallic Ammunition Company .30 Cupfire Box
Item #: Z6756
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Z6756 Rare American Metallic Ammunition Company .30 Cupfire Box
Description: Exceptionally nice and rare box that once contained fifty .30 cupfire cartridges manufactured by the American Metallic Ammunition Company of New York, New York. These cartridges could be used in the No. 30 Plant or Eagle Patent revolvers. Don’t get this early cartridge company confused with the later American Metallic Cartridge Company. They are completely different companies.
Per Barber’s book, this company was incorporated in New York on April 30, 1867, and manufactured rimfire cartridges through 1870. He goes on to state that "it had acquired all the patents of the New York Metallic Ammunition Company” which ceased to exist in 1867. Per the box labels that I could find, both the A.M.A.Co. and N.Y.M.A.Co. both shared the same address of W 52nd Street New York, New York.
By the time A.M.A.Co. was organized it was owned by Josiah P. Fitch and Junius R. Van Vechten along with the Simpkins & Hulbert brothers. Per the box label, the agents for this company were Merwin & Simpkins.
This is an exceptionally nice two-piece box. It has a "black label” with gold print over a green box with an orange sealing label. The box is open and empty. It shows very little wear and fading. The top left corner of the label and the bottom line show the most wear. It has very light soiling and not a single corner is split. A very rare postwar cartridge box from a short-lived company! You would be hard pressed to upgrade this example but should be able to track down the ammunition to fill it! It would look great in a cased Eagle Revolver set. The "black label” reads as follows:
FIFTY No 30
Manufactured expressly for
The Eagle Patent Revolver
AMERICAN METALLIC AMMUNITION COMPANY
Foot of W 52 Str NY
MERWIN & SIMPKINS AGTs 262 BROADWAY
Patent Issued July 17, 1859 and reissued July 21, 1863.
Measures: 3.25” x 1.89” x 1.19”
Reference: "Cartridges of South Coventry” Krasnickas Pg. 196 (Box)
Reference: IAA Journal No. 148 Pg. 5
Reference: "The Rimfire Cartridge in the United States & Canada” Barber Pg. 26
Item # Z6756
Your Price $800.00 USD
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