Civil War Pen and Ammo Box

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Project by swirlsandburls posted 09-09-2013 09:10 PM 4708 views 4 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi all. I know most of us are familiar with the pen kits available out there. I thought it might be fun to build a replica (sort of) of a period ammo box to use as a pen box. I did a bunch of research and discovered olive drab (more of a green/mustard) color was used by both sides (along with a host of other colors). The box is by no means to scale or anything, since I wanted the box to be nice and sturdy but be recognizable to the buffs out there. On one end I stenciled .58 Caliber and the other is stenciled .44 caliber, which are the two balls used in the pen kit. The stencils took longer to make than the box, since I don’t have the luxury of a laser! The clip is the 1861 Springfield musket (.58 cal). The pen is walnut. Comments welcomed! Also for sale on my website. I can make more!

-- patience is a virtue ... in woodworking, cooking, and life in general

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#1 posted 09-09-2013 09:13 PM

Great design for the box! Very creative and perfect for the Civil War pen—one of which I have at my desk and use every day. Thanks for posting.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#2 posted 09-09-2013 11:55 PM

Damn thing looks dangerous!!!

-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"

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#3 posted 09-10-2013 12:36 PM

Great looking project! Both box and pen look very authentic! Good Job!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#4 posted 09-11-2013 06:31 PM

I’ve made this pen and I like it a lot. The thought of making a presentation box like this is a great idea. Thanks for posting.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#5 posted 09-13-2013 01:32 PM

Awesome pen and so cool pen box. I’m sure it will sell well. Great job!

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