Bronze, shield shaped with hinged top and belt loop to the back. Classic motif with figure of Athena the Goddess of War clutching floral cornucopias, representing the bounty of victory. See Elgood #134. The sides with flag splay trophies and foliage. Light wear from use and good patina. The decoration profusely detailed. Greece declared independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1821 and achieved it eight years later, followed by continued war preserve its independence. This cartridge box dates from that period which included participation in the Crimean War.