This is an early cartridge board issued by Winchester (collectors refer to it as the Model 1884). It is the first to use what will later become the "classic" design of green lithograph paper with the bullet information in gold print and the Winchester shells mounted directly to the board. The cartridges are in an inverted "V" with cartridges in an arch on each side, a circle of cartridges in the middle, and shotgun shells and six cap tins on the lower portion (one of the shotgun shells appears absent). The display is mounted in the original interior frame which is finished in gold (the outer frame is absent). The display area dimensions are approximately 26 3/4 x 38 1/4 inches and the overall dimensions of the outer frame are approximately 28 3/4 x 40 1/4 inches.
Good, the background of the board showing some significant staining, fading, and aging, but most of the markings and images distinct. Almost all of the cartridges remain showing generally an attractively aged patina. There is a small hole in the center circle that may be the work of a drill. The interior frame shows some mild wear and flaking, retaining much of the gold finish.