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UNION METALLIC CARTRIDGE CO.  AMMUNITION BOXES –  PISTOL & RIFLE CARTRIDGES –  SELECTION OF SOME NICE SPECIMENS FRESH FROM AN OLD COLLECTION:  Found as a group in an old, well established cartridge collection, this is a very nice offering of late 1800’s and early 1900’s Union Metallic Cartridge Company full, partial and empty cartridge boxes for pistol and rifle calibers.   

In order to differentiate between packets of ammunition produced by the Union Metallic Cartridge Company and Remington-UMC, a little history is helpful.  In 1860, Marcellus Hartley founded the Schuyler, Hartley & Graham (SH&G) Sporting Goods Company, which would later become one of the largest sporting goods companies in the world.   In an effort to diversify their holdings, SH&G purchased two small New England cartridge companies, moved the combined holdings of equipment to Bridgeport, Connecticut, and founded the Union Metallic Cartridge Company in August of 1867.  In March of 1888, Hartley and a party of investors purchased E. Remington & Sons, the famous arms company in Ilion, New York.  Marcellus Hartley Dodge, the grandson of Marcellus Hartley of SH&G,  merged the Remington and UMC for marketing purposes in 1912, creating Remington-UMC.  The name was changed to Remington-UMC, Inc. ca. 1920, and eventually shortened to Remington Arms Company, Inc. in the late 1950's.  Therefore, these packets that bear the Union Metallic Cartridge Company logo, at the very least, predate that first merger in 1911. 

Ranging from rare, to scarce, to some that are relatively common, these are all solid specimens that while showing various degrees of wear and age are remarkable in that they have survived at all, and they will be a nice addition to your collection to display with your firearm.   

Each box is individually described below and accompanied by detailed photographs. 

NOTE:  The boxes are not listed in any particular chronological order or with respect to the caliber, so you will be best served by scrolling through the entire list. 

 

NO. 1  UMC “CARTRIDGE PICTURE” LABELED BOX - .41 RIMFIRE SHORT CARTRIDGES – VERY NICE ca. 1890’s BLACK POWDER:  This box bears the very collectable “Cartridge Picture” label, which features an image of the cartridge with the legend “.41 SHORT” superimposed on the cartridge.  

The box has been opened, however the exterior wrapper is still mostly intact.  The top label is complete and legible, showing very minor wear and still retaining the bright label coloring. The side and end labels of the wrapper are intact on one side and end panel, the other side and end panel having suffered some loss.  The printed information on the one side and end panel is complete and legible, as is the U.M.C. guarantee on the bottom of the box.   The box is very solid and retains its shape with sharp edges. 

The box contains 21 of the original 50 cartridges and they appear to be original to this box.   

A nice box to display with a Remington Over and Under Derringer or other pocket pistols of the late 19th Century, even these partially full boxes with nice front labels and the original cartridges from this era are becoming increasingly difficult to find  (0519)   $185

 

NO. 2  FOR LISTINGS OF UNION METALLIC CARTRIDGE COMPANY BOXES OF .44 COLT CARTRIDGES, CLICK ON THIS PHOTOGRAPH:

 

NO. 3  UMC “CARTRIDGE PICTURE” LABELED BOX - .32 SMITH & WESSON CENTRAL FIRE CARTRIDGES – VERY NICE ca. 1890’s BLACK POWDER:  This box bears the very collectable “Cartridge Picture” label, which features an image of the cartridge with the legend “.32 S&W” superimposed on the cartridge.   

The box has been opened, however the exterior wrapper is still mostly intact.  The top label is complete and legible, showing very minor wear and still retaining the bright label coloring. The side and end labels of the wrapper are intact on both sides and one end panel, the other end panel having suffered some loss.  The printed information on the both side panels and the one end is complete and legible, as is the U.M.C. guarantee on the bottom of the box and the reloading information panel on the inside of the top lid.   The box is very solid and retains its shape with sharp edges. 

The box contains 27 of the original 50 cartridges and they appear to be original to this box.   

A nice box to display with an early .32 S&W pistol of the late 19th Century. (0628) $65

 

NO. 4  UMC “CARTRIDGE PICTURE” LABELED BOX - .32 SMITH & WESSON CENTRAL FIRE CARTRIDGES – VERY NICE ca. 1890’s BLACK POWDER:  This box bears the very collectable “Cartridge Picture” label, which features an image of the cartridge with the legend “.32 S&W” superimposed on the cartridge.   

The box has been opened and is empty, however the exterior wrapper is still mostly intact.  The top label is complete and legible, showing very minor wear and still retaining the bright label coloring. The side and end labels of the wrapper are intact on both sides and one end panel, the other end panel having suffered some loss.  The printed information on the both side panels and the one end is complete and legible, as is the U.M.C. guarantee on the bottom of the box and the reloading information panel on the inside of the top lid.   The box is very solid and retains its shape with sharp edges. 

This is a nice box to display with an early .32 S&W pistol of the late 19th Century and with little effort could be filled. (0757) $20

 

NO. 5  UMC “CARTRIDGE PICTURE” LABELED BOX - .45-70 CENTER FIRE CARTRIDGES “FOR U.S. SPRINGFIELD CARBINE” – VERY NICE ca. 1890’s BLACK POWDER:  This box bears a relatively simple green label, with the printed legend on the top and front panels only – what I believe to be one of the black powder loadings for the .45-70. 

The box has been opened, however it was carefully done and the wrap-over label is 98% intact, the color is bright, and all of the printing is legible.  There are two UMC headstamped cartridges present which are correct for the period of the box.  The box is very solid and retains its shape with sharp edges.   An attractive box that would display well with a late Trapdoor Carbine or a civilian sporting rifle.  (0758) $75

 

NO. 6  UNION METALLIC CARTRIDGE COMPANY FACTORY SHOP FUNCTION CARTRIDGE – .30 REMINGTON:  This UMC factory shop function cartridge is headstamped .30 Remington, dating the production of this piece between the introduction of this caliber in 1906 and the merger of the UMC and Remington Arms in 1912.  Likely far scarcer than the Winchester Shop Function Rounds, this UMC piece is in excellent condition, retaining the original factory applied nickel plating, the factory loaded bullet, and a clear legible headstamp.  This is a very nice example of the shop function cartridges in use in factories and gunsmith shops at the turn of the 20th Century.  (0765)  $15

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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