1900 Approximate
Wooden Ammunition box. Material: wood, metal. Size: 14" x 8" x 8 1/2" deep. Description: brown wooden box; five metal nails at each corner; black and red print: "Loaded Shot Shells, Western World Champion Ammunition, Western Cartridge Company, East Alton, Illinois, Small Arms Ammunition, Made in U.S.A."; "Goodspeed" written on bottom.
The Western Cartridge Company manufactures small arms and ammunitions. Founded in 1898, it was the forerunner of the Olin Corporation, formed in 1944, of which Western is still a subsidiary,[1] and is based in East Alton, Illinois, USA. Western Cartridge Company acquired the Winchester Repeating Arms Company after Winchester went into receivership in 1931.[2] John Olin, the son of founder Franklin W. Olin, improved shotgun cartridge designs in the 1920s by using harder shot and progressive burning powder.[3] Western produced 3 billion rounds of ammunition in World War II, and the Winchester subsidiary developed the U.S. M1 carbine and produced the carbine and the M1 rifle during the war. Cartridges made by Western are stamped WCC. Western Cartridge Company produced the now collectible "Western Xpert" brand of shotgun shells in both 12 and 16 gauge sizes.