Cartridge boards such as this were an excellent advertisement provided to sporting goods stores by cartridge manufacturers to hang in their shops, giving consumers a physical representation of the wide range of cartridges they provided. Being one of the largest American cartridge manufacturers, Union Metallic Cartridge Co. would have wanted boards such as this hanging in as many retail locations as possible to compete with the likes of Winchester. This impressive board includes cartridges ranging from the tiny BB cap up to the massive 1 inch Gatling. Centered around a central diamond shaped image depicting a herd of deer and "U.M.C." logo, a number of primers, caps, wads, and cut away brass shotgun shells join the myriad of rifle and revolver rounds. The frame features the attractive U.M.C. trademark and Union Metallic Cartridge Co. carved banners at the bottom and top. A very similar board can be seen in the photograph of the inside of the J.P. Lower's Sons shop in Denver at the Connecticut State Library collection. It measures 41 1/2 x 54 1/2 inches overall.
Very fine, the board itself appearing to retain all of the cartridges which are mostly bright and very little fading on the background. The frame is also very fine retaining much of the white, gold, and black paint on the carved banners and some mild handling/storage wear overall. This U.M.C. cartridge board would look fantastic in a gun room or study!
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