Original Early 19th Century Militia Artillery Limber Chest from the recent Poulin Auction in Fairfield, ME.
"A truly rare early American militia limber chest featuring 15 internal divisions each measuring slightly over 3 1/2' square. Wear patterns on the interior of the chest indicate that 2 round cannon balls were carried in each division possibly 4 or 6 lb cannon. The chest is extremely well built & heavy. There is a 36 1/2" carrying carrying pole on each side of the chest to facilitate transportation by 2 or 4 men. The chest itself measures 22" in length, 14 7/8" in width & 17 3/4" to the peak of the hinged lid. There are 2 iron support straps on the front & back & 2 on each side that attach the carrying poles. A large iron loop on the back was possibly used to carry equipment used in loading cannon. The peaked lid is bound with 3 heavy iron strips. The center strap has a hinged hasp to allow the chest to be locked to the diamond shaped escutcheon on the front of the box. The body of the chest is painted a subdued light blue/green. Iron straps at the end of each handle are painted black. The front o f the lid is painted "NO 86. The peak of the chest if reinforced w a thinner iron plate. Condition: shows moderate wear overall but remains extremely solid. There are a few losses to the lip of the on either side. An extremely rare & seldom seen early American piece of artillery equipment". ~Poulin Auction~
Shipping is not available for this item. Local pick up (Tennessee/Alabama) or I can deliver to most shows.