What an enterprising and ambitious soul that made that box. Do you still have it where you would put your eye on it? What does the head of the brass hull have marked on it? Are any of those bullets still loaded or only the brass?
Looks like maybe a half dozen there that are loaded. WRA means Winchester Repeating Arms Company was the ammo manufacturer. They still load 38-55 cartridges although it is an older caliber. Pretty neat.
Not to worry, the loaded rounds won't hurt anything. If you are uncomfortable with them, find a friend that likes guns or a gun shop and ask them to dispose of the loaded rounds safely.
DH said in early days, UMC was not Remington but a trade name acquired at a later date. I don't believe Rem is still loading this caliber. Winchester is but hasn't used the WRAC marking for a while. Not sure we can provide a time frame though. Thanks for sharing.
There appeared to be some writing on the lid? Can you read it?
Across the top of the inside? Written in pencil, probably by whomever sold it, in order of words...
Doesn't look like my aunt's writing. Had to guess at all but "old" in the sequence.
Cable went out last night...no TV or Internet, so I couldn't respond.
As for aunt...she was a Sou. Baptist spinster...probably nevah touched a weapon in her life!
I found two of the casings had "stuff" in them. Rolled paper in one, and looks like wax in other. I was in the process of removing the paper from one when DH walked in and stopped me. 'Said it probably was holding gun powder in...and then I got a lesson on how a bullet works...sigh...
I noticed from your second photo that some of the hulls had primers which had never been fired. Me thinks you found a reloaders stash. They can be a touch peculiar and the bullet box would be something a reloader might make in the good old days.
Sounds like your Auntie was a rounder if she gathered all your treasures in just one lifetime! 8 )
Everything she had, she bought at estate sales and garage sales from the late 60's to early 80's. Mostly inexpensive things at the time. 'Quirky stuff like old crocks that still had corn cobs for stoppers, and graniteware (one dipper had a piece of canvas stuck in a small hole so it could still hold water). She read a lot, and had lots of antique guides and books. 'Was a secretary for an oil company that didn't have a retirement plan. She planned to have a shop to support herself after retirement. Right before she retired, they offered retirement plan. She got sick in mid 80s and stopped buying.
I have seen you post many photos of her wonderful treasures. I love the older items that most would consider junque. When I look at a vintage item that was patched to keep using it, I always wonder about the luxuries we live with today. How soft we've become and what a disposable society.
When we had the 2nd hand store, we would see vintage items patched or one piece of furniture made out of two commonly called a "married piece". You will see it frequently on older firearms where a repair was made to the stock or maybe using an old silver coin cut in half to replace a damaged sight. I have a favorite chair that was refinished by someone else in 1958. New rungs had been hand whittled. I refinished and reglued it in 1988. Nine more years and I might let someone else redo it next time.
At any rate, the old and patched pieces seem to speak to me telling of a harder time and more determined people.
Well...I gave my daughter lots of things when she married...furniture, china, linens, etc. Ten yers later, she's still returning stuff. The latest is a ship's hatch that DH made into a coffee table. Her 'decorator' said the shape no longer went with her new liv.rm. furniture. Most things, I don't care about...but I loved that table...and I'm moving something else out to put it back into our gameroom.
Great to get the ships hatch table back. Usually if it was something one would like to have back, they would have "passed" it on. We have friends that have a ships hatch door made into a coffee table. They have had it since the mid 70s and although it matches nothing in their home, (he's a railroad nut) they love it. I think it is quite unique.