Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 6: Union Metallic Cartridge Co. Cartridge Display Board

Auction Date: August 26, 2022

Exceptional and Highly Desirable Union Metallic Cartridge Co. Cartridge Display Board

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

Exceptional and Highly Desirable Union Metallic Cartridge Co. Cartridge Display Board

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One of these boards is clearly shown hanging in the well-known photograph of the interior of J.P. Lower & Sons' shop in Denver, and other examples would have hung in other gunshops around the country as promotional items distributed by the Union Metallic Cartridge Co. in the late 19th century. These cartridge display boards, especially exceptional examples like this, naturally make excellent display pieces in gun rooms, gun shops, homes, and businesses. This impressive and rare Union Metallic Cartridge Co. "bullet board" displays a wide range of handgun, rifle, and shotgun cartridges and components from the minuscule bb cap to the massive (and extremely rare) 1 inch Gatling gun cartridge divided into categories including "RIM-FIRE," "CENTRAL FIRE PISTOL," "SPORTING AND MILITARY," " WATERPROOF PAPER SHOT SHELLS," and "BRASS SHOT SHELLS." The center of the display has a diamond shaped panel with U.M.C. in bold text and a background lithograph image showing a variety of deer and elk in a wooded scene. The remainder of the text on the board shows various company information including trademarks and store locations. The original frame has large cast badges on the top and bottom with the U.M.C. trademark and nomenclature repeated with the display area protected by a pane of glass. It measures 41 5/8 x 54 3/8 inches including the frame.

Rating Definition:

Very fine, the background of the board showing attractive bright original color with some slight fading and scattered light faded spots throughout, giving it an attractively aged appearance. The cartridges are generally excellent, showing mostly bright brass with some scattered attractively aged patina. The refinished frame is fine with the upper and lower badges showing an applied bright silver enamel and minimal handling/storage wear on the wood. A highly desirable display piece for your gun room or office!

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