Original 1941 stamped Winchester Repeating Arms Company 45 Auto. Colt Cartridge box which was a production for England to help them feed their Thompson Submachine Guns. Britain purchased the ammunition directly from Winchester and from Remington very early in the beginning of the war (first 18 months of the war until the US government signed the first end Lease Act). Purchased by the British Purchasing Commission and paid for with cash. These are thought to be “lend Lease” but in fact are pre-Lend Lease and were produced in 1940 and 1941. On the front cover is printed For Thompson Sub-Machine Guns and all the information from the Winchester Factory In New Haven, CT. The next version (final) version of this box dropped the Thompson Sub-Machine Gun reference and instead had printed – For .45 AUTOMATIC COLT AND OTHER AUTOMATIC ARMS.
In good condition with some soiling but complete with all the original ammunition and a complete box which has been shrink wrapped to help protect it and preserve it for many years. It has some soiling and an ink stamp – 19 April 1941. Less common box then the second variation and hard to find.