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Cartridge Box

A work made of steel, iron and wood.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of steel, iron and wood.

Date:

1570/80

Artist:

German, probably Brunswick

About this artwork

To aid in loading pistols from horseback, a premeasured amount of black powder and a lead ball were prepared in cylindrical paper cartridges. This box suspended from the shooter’s belt and could contain four such cartridges. The shooter would tear the paper, pour the powder charge down the barrel, and tamp the bullet over the charge.

Cartridge boxes were often ornamented with figures and coats of arms. This one is startlingly embossed with two lovers, a subject frequently associated with shooting in this period.

Status

On View, Gallery 239

Department

Applied Arts of Europe

Title

Cartridge Box

Origin

Brunswick

Date

Made 1570–1575

Medium

Steel, iron and wood

Dimensions

H. 12 cm (4 3/4 in.) Wt. 9 oz.

Credit Line

George F. Harding Collection

Reference Number

1982.2289

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