MADE “EXPRESSLY FOR SHARPS RIFLES” - UNION
METALLIC CARTRIDGE COMPANY GREEN LABEL BOX OF .45 -
27/8”– 105 GRAIN “STRAIGHT” CALIBER SHARPS RIFLE
CARTRIDGES – 5 ROUND BOX IN VERY GOOD CONDITION:
The .45-105 Sharps Straight
one of a series of basically the same cartridge
introduced by Sharps in
with additional lengths
begin added to the series in 1877 and 1879.
The principle difference in
the cartridges was the case length, the powder charge,
and the bullet weight.
The longest cartridge case of this series, this is the
very collectable .45 - 2 7/8” (105) caliber Straight
Sharps Rifle five round cartridge box, bearing the
desirable Union Metallic Cartridge company green label.
As indicated on the label, these cartridges are loaded
with the 550 grain paper patched bullets.
The box is in very good condition with a full, legible
cover label as can be seen in the photographs below.
The box is full form, showing very little evidence of
the normal wear and tear to which these early boxes were
subjected, and the label shows a minimal amount of shelf
wear. The seams of both the lid and the body are intact
and the box holds its full form.
All five of the original cartridges are present and are
loaded with the classic 550 grain paper patched
bullets. The cartridges are wrapped in the original
beige packing paper.
Specimens of these boxes are almost nonexistent in the
collector’s market and this is a particularly nice
specimen bearing the desirable Sharps Rifle reference on
the label. Seldom offered for sale, this box will make
a nice addition to display with your rifle. (0247)