This is an extremely fine condition Blakeslee box, with strong markings, hinge, fixtures, etc.. All tubes are present and in fine condition as well. The leather condition is excellent with the exception of a few shallow scuffs.The Blakeslee cartridge box was designed by Erastus Blakeslee of the 1st Connecticut Volunteer Cavalry. It was made in three different sizes of wood and covered with leather. One type could hold up to six metal tubes filled with seven metallic Spencer cartridges, while others could hold, ten or thirteen tubes. This is a ten tube box. With this cartridge box, a soldier could quickly load his Spencer carbine or rifle by taking a tube out of the box and pouring the seven cartridges into the butt of the firearm. One of the most popular Civil and post-war accessories for the Spencer Carbine & Rifle, this box is in far better condition than average, the second best I've ever cataloged and worthy of a fine collection.