from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A portable case or box of leather, with cells for holding cartridges.


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  • The alarm spread instantly through the camp, and in a moment the command turned out for action, somewhat in deshabille it is true, but none the less effective, for every man had grabbed his rifle and cartridge-box at the first alarm.

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  • An empty cartridge-box, a man killed, cannot be replaced.

    Les Miserables

  • Another spread out over his coat the cross-belt and cartridge-box of a National Guardsman, the cover of the cartridge-box being ornamented with this inscription in red worsted:

    Les Miserables

  • He had a loaded gun and a cartridge-box filled with cartridges.

    Les Miserables

  • He crawled flat on his belly, galloped on all fours, took his basket in his teeth, twisted, glided, undulated, wound from one dead body to another, and emptied the cartridge-box or cartouche as a monkey opens a nut.

    Les Miserables

  • Then he picked up his basket, replaced the cartridges which had fallen from it, without missing a single one, and, advancing towards the fusillade, set about plundering another cartridge-box.

    Les Miserables

  • A red-brown leather cartridge-box was attached to the waist-belt; later, it was suspended on the right hip from a buff leather cross-belt.

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  • As descriptions of several patterns of cartridge-box have been found1 one can assume that this item went through a number of variations The standard French cartouchière of the mid-eighteenth century held thirty musket cartridges.

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  • The British uniform of the period, with its immense epaulettes, queer cocked-hat, breeches, gaiters, ponderous cartridge-box, buckled shoes, and what not, would look strange and barbarous now.

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  • I had a revolver and metal cartridge-box in my broad leather belt, also a good hunting-knife with strong buckhorn handle and a heavy blade about nine inches long.

    Green Mansions


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  • I haven't seen this used with a hyphen, but that's how the OED has it listed, so I left it there.

    A box for storing or carrying cartridges; the case in which a soldier carries his supply of cartridges; usually (in the eighteenth/nineteenth centuries) made of a wood box with sized holes drilled in, placed inside a leather carrying case with strap.

    October 17, 2007