The Wallace Collection

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  • Cartridge-box
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • c. 1590
  • Rosewood, horn and steel, stained and chiselled
  • Height: 11.4 cm
    Depth: 11.4 cm, base
    Weight: 0.305 kg
  • A1310
  • European Armoury III
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  • Cartridge-box, of rosewood, rectangular in form and slightly curved to the body, the front is inlaid in horn with a mounted huntsman and hounds pulling down a deer, the ground filled in with scrolls of conventional foliage partly stained green and framed in bands of scale and guilloche pattern; the lid, of bright steel, is hinged at the side and fastens with a spring-catch, it was probably originally spring loaded so as to snap open when the catch was released; narrow sloping base; four loops at the side for suspension, and at the back is a hinged loop, ending in a rosette, pierced and chiselled. It is fitted inside with one compartment of oval section, possibly for loose bullets, and four cylindrical compartments for cartridges. The top of the compartment-block is faced with cow horn. The lower loops at the side are probably for a strap passing round the right thigh.

    German, about 1590.

    Cartridge boxes of this type were worn on the right thigh, suspended by a strap, or straps, from the waist-belt, and secured round the top of the right thigh by a transverse strap. See for instance, the portrait of Frederik II of Denmark by Hans Knieper, dated 1588, at Frederiksborg Slott, Denmark (inv. no. 2171).