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This box popped up local to me for sale this morning, I’d like to go look at it today. Before I do can any of you provide any info about it including a possible value? It is 16x9x9. Thank you very much!

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If the lid is original, that’s quite scarce; however, it looks like a different kind of wood.  Check ebay for values, though you’ll probably have to wade through scores of repros. 

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If the lid is original, that’s quite scarce; however, it looks like a different kind of wood.  Check ebay for values, though you’ll probably have to wade through scores of repros. 

  

Clarence, do you know if there were any markings on the original lid? The sellers price is $100, I’m inclined to get it regardless of the lid

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It appears it should have writing on the top as well as two strips of wood front to back?

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In my opinion the lid is not original and is a newer replacement including the hinges. The wood is a different type and someone tried staining it to match. The original ammo crate tops were merely nailed onto the rest of the box. These boxes were not meant to be re-used and merely for shipping purposes only. A lot of shooting clubs back before WWII, when these crates were common, even used the busted up wood crates to burn in their heaters to keep warm. 

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Maverick said
In my opinion the lid is not original and is a newer replacement including the hinges.

Didn’t notice hinges, but if it has those, it’s definitely non-original. Still, no reason to reject it, if price is fair, & even a non-original lid is better than none at all.

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It appears it should have writing on the top as well as two strips of wood front to back?

  

I think you are correct – this one is a obvious repo but probably made to duplicate an original – no doubt the one you are looking at has a replaced lid.

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I was unable to get over to look at this box today but did communicate with the seller. She stated the price was negotiable so we’ll see where we land on that : )

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clarence said

Maverick said

In my opinion the lid is not original and is a newer replacement including the hinges.

Didn’t notice hinges, but if it has those, it’s definitely non-original. Still, no reason to reject it, if price is fair, & even a non-original lid is better than none at all.

My comments were not meant as a Rejection of the entire piece, merely to point out that the lid with its hinges were not original. Its not a firearm so I wouldn’t be overly concerned about a few flaws as such. Accoutrements such as these are nice to have but being as they were originally not meant to last. The condition as such is par for the course.

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I like the utility of a nice, small shipping crate for storage in my loading room. Mine are all reproductions but I like looking at them and they are sturdy. The small 22 brick cartons are great for small reloading tools. A vintage shipping crate with a hinge would be a nice addition to my loading room. 

 

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