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Old 02-15-2015, 07:22 PM   #1
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A bit of history of the box.

This is a box purchased at auction a few years ago. I purchased it to sell on ebay but it didn't meet the reserve so I gave it to the neighbor kids, a young newly married couple who were building a new house. It's beside their wood burning fireplace now for wood storage.

The box is clearly stamped that it contained shot gun paper cartridges, Union Metallic Cartridge Co. Bridgeport Conn. According to my research the box of ammo was shipped to a territory in the late 1800s. The lid was missing and we could make up all kinds of stories how that wooden lid may have been used.

Do you suppose glue was used and if so was it hide glue. We be sure it wasn't Elmers.
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[QUOTE=SeniorSitizen;1734441]A bit of history of the box.

This is a box purchased at auction a few years ago. I purchased it to sell on ebay but it didn't meet the reserve so I gave it to the neighbor kids, a young newly married couple who were building a new house. It's beside their wood burning fireplace now for wood storage.

The box is clearly stamped that it contained shot gun paper cartridges, Union Metallic Cartridge Co. Bridgeport Conn. According to my research the box of ammo was shipped to a territory in the late 1800s. The lid was missing and we could make up all kinds of stories how that wooden lid may have been used.

Do you suppose glue was used and if so was it hide glue. We be sure it wasn't Elmers.[/

The first glue factory in the United States wasn't established until the late 1800's by the Milwaukee tanning industry which made hide glue, but if glue was in fact used it would have been imported from Holland which started making hide glue in the 1700's.

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There is a restaurant by our home that was a converted mill. All post and beam construction. Not a drop of glue, fastener, metal nail/screw/pin in it and gorgeous.

If there is ever a big tornado coming...I am headed there. Thing is built like a fortress.
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Your right , nothing like post and beam, the guy's that built them were artisans, all mortise and tenon, with dove tails thrown in for good measure.
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Your right , nothing like post and beam, the guy's that built them were artisans, all mortise and tenon, with dove tails thrown in for good measure.
I wish I were even capable of that stuff. It is gorgeous to look at.

Wife always catches me looking at the beams. Better than ogling the waitress I tell her.
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