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Article about: i have tried unsuccesfully to get a decent picture of a few cartridges i picked up at the local car boot today . The two 40 mm cartridges are both fairly straight forward with the stamps 40m

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    i have tried unsuccesfully to get a decent picture of a few cartridges i picked up at the local car boot today .
    The two 40 mm cartridges are both fairly straight forward with the stamps

    40mm
    lot 88
    and the maker ( i think) RM/C
    then the broad arrow then 1943


    however the 18pounder cartridge i bought is puzzling me a little more ! i will try to write the stamps out as they appear on the head.!


    18Pr
    II

    LOT 843 ALCO
    ^
    C F/16
    ^
    S
    F




    The ^symbol = the crows foot
    sorry if this is a bit crap but my bloody camera is crap at close ups even on macro!
    AlCO .....american locomotive company? what year is the case? any ideas cheers jay

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    Jayh

    Nice finds. The 40mm are fairly obvious, the 18pdr less so. I believe your date on these would be the '16' making it WW1. The headstamps on the bottom of big shell casings are very confusing as the majority are check marks and inspection marks, nothing to do with the size or date of the shell itself. I've attached a couple of pics from a book I have to help you out.

    Cheers

    Steve T
    Click to enlarge the picture Click to enlarge the picture artillery HS bigger pic.jpg   artillery HS 3 bigger.jpg  


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