Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 36: Union Metallic Cartridge Co. Glass Topped Bullet Board Display

Auction Date: September 11, 2020

Exceptionally Rare Union Metallic Cartridge Company Glass Topped Cartridge Display Board

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $30,000 - $50,000

Exceptionally Rare Union Metallic Cartridge Company Glass Topped Cartridge Display Board

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The interior frame measures 20 13/16 wide by 32 3/8 tall inches with the exterior measuring 25 3/8 wide by 37 1/8 inches tall and the display is approximately 4 1/4 inches deep. This impressive board includes an assortment of rimfire cartridges, centerfire cartridges, and shotgun shells ranging from the tiny BB cap up to the massive 1 inch Berdan Gatling. All of the cartridges are neatly arranged in rows and labeled in gold on a dark navy blue background. "AMMUNITION/MANUFACTURED BY THE/UNION METALLIC CARTRIDGE COMPANY,/BRIDGEPORT, CONN., U.S.A." is arranged in four lines at the top with a U.M.C. monogram logo to either side, also in gold. The frame has two black accents that run around the perimeter and a pain of glass protecting the entire display. This is an exceptionally rare cartridge display with very few examples left known to exist, one being in the Smithsonian and one at the Springfield Armory Museum. It is possible that this is the only example known to exist with the navy blue paper background.

Rating Definition:

Extremely fine overall, the display itself shows very minimal wear and very little fading with some scattered light handling/storage marks. The frame has mild wear, light dings and scratches scattered throughout, and the metal brackets holding the glass showing some mild oxidation/patina. An exceptionally rare cartridge display that would not only enhance your collection, but become a centerpiece!

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