A lot of four American cartridge pouches
Comprising: 1) An early American cartridge pouch, circa 1776-90, the pouch of heavy black leather; large flap decorated with a stamped border and now mounted with a brass eaglehead ornament. Under the eaglehead are two holes indicating that at one time there was a different fitting, probably incorporating an attachment for the iron clasp mounted on the lower front of the pouch. Interior with wooden block drilled with 24 cavities for .69 caliber paper cartridges. Contoured back with two sewn belt loops. 2) An American militia cartridge pouch, circa 1810-30, black leather pouch, the large flap with scalloped lower edge and incised with a pattern of intersecting double lines. Wooden block with 24 .69 caliber cavities. Front of pouch fitted with brass ball button, the back sewn with two belt loops, 10" x 3 1/2" x 4". 3) A variant 1808 type infantry cartridge pouch, circa 1808-30, of heavy black leather, the underside of the flap fitted with a brass hook fastening to a brass clasp mounted on the lower front of the pouch; interior with wooden block drilled for 26 cartridges, the front of the pouch with folding cover opening to reveal a tinned compartment below the block. Underside of pouch with two iron buckles for attachment of shoulder strap, the back with two sewn loops as guides for the strap, 10" x 7" x 3 1/2". 4) An early American militia cartridge pouch, 19th century, the black leather belly box with scalloped flap, the underside with attachment loop; interior with front pocket and small inner flap covering the wooden block, which is pierced with eight cartridge cavities. Lower edge of pouch with brass button, the back with a single, broad belt loop, 8 1/2" x 4 1/2" x 2".
Condition: 1) Leather showing surface crazing but very sound. Right belt loop detached at one end. 2) Fine overall, the flap with one area of surface flaking/crazing, the underside missing the attachment loop. One belt loop detached at lower end. 3) Very sound and showing light surface crazing overall. 4)Fine overall and showing some areas of surfacing crazing and some minor edge wear.