WRA 22 short sealed full box


#1

This box is still sealed. Is this around turn of the last century?





#2

showing the Cummins Cryptographic machine’s “Dot Code” date holes in the side seal were used ca. 1908-1910 into the 1950’s on some boxes according to Giles.
With the correct Oct 31 patent date, & no smokeless over stamp, Rains lists this as a 1906 issue & it is a black powder loading.


#3

Pete,
the “dot code” is in reference to the holes on the side label? What book do I have to get to learn about this ‘dot code’. Very interesting.
Thanks for the reply


#4

Howdy David
Yes in the side label, the one noting “Target Cartridges” & apparently Peters also used that machine.
The 2 books referenced were:
Giles, Ray & Shuey, Daniel L. One Hundred Years of Winchester Cartridge Boxes 1856-1956. ISBN 0-7643-2541-8

Rains, Rchard L. Winchester Two-Piece .22 Boxes 1873to 1927. ISBN 0-9707608-6-B

I should add that Ray doesn’t go into how to read / decipher the code, just notes it’s use.


#5

Thank you! I shall find copies of these books.