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Dramatic American folk-art cartridge box, 1820s, embossed with soldiers.

ITEM #: A-01

PRICE: Price on request

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If these folk-art soldiers were on a powder horn from the French and Indian War, the price would be in six figures.
No others like it are known.  The soldiers look as if they had just stepped out of the plates in Duane’s Tactics, but are simplified to charming, striking folk-art forms with skeletal heads!  A commentary on the “Art” of War?  This exact type of box, with removable wood insert (‘box”), is specified in published and manuscript Minute-Man regulations (Guthman, Sotheby’s Catalog, 1 Dec. 2005, Lot 30). This may be an old, 1775 box updated with new-style decoration for the next generation of citizen soldiers in the best of frugal New England traditions.  Or it may be a newer box made in the old style, typical of New England conservatism. (See also re-bladed Boston silver-hilt in this catalog). It includes a very large box on waist-belt, complete with bayonet frog and remains of an over-the-shoulder suspension strap. One of a kind.


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