This box belongs to another party who asked about it on another forum. I apologize for the picture quality; he couldn’t transmit them directly, so all I had to use was somewhat grainy prints and additional quality was lost in scanning those. The patent dates on the box are November 30, 1875 and January 30, 1883.
The first photo shows the box. The wads were packed in horizontal stacks . . . originally (probably) two layers of three stacks or two over three. Hard to tell because the majority are gone.
The second photo shows a close up of the wads. These are cup-shaped and, given the use instructions (see third photo), I would presume the seating process expanded them to grip the interior walls of the tube (?).
Can anyone shed any further light on these or guesstimate a value? They seem really NEAT!