First off, I didn't find these. They were sent to me by a metal detectorist with little interest in wartime stuff. I am truly grateful to this gentleman, (and he IS a TRUE gentleman !!), for sending me the items he would have otherwise traded in at the local metal scrap merchant. It means more relics have been saved from the smelter and I can't thank him enough.
Anyway, here is what he found.
Very strange items, with one being found on one trip, and the other two in the same hole on a subsequent trip. The headstamps clearly identify them as 2lber shells for naval use yet they have been cut down and had the rim ground off. One has then had its lip turned over. I can only assume that they had been made into ashtrays by a bored sailor.
The clip I believe is a 2lber safety clip, fitting over the base of the cartridge to protect the blast cap. Never seen one of these before myself, and a very interesting item. Hopefully someone can confirm its use.
The last item is a 20mm Oerlikon cartridge, dated 1944. I love these cartridges
The safety (?) clip, nicely marked.
The cut down 2lbers, clearly showing the lathe marks and the flaring of the rim on the centre example.
The headstamps. All WW2 dated, all 2lbers and all marked for naval use. No.1 Mk II.
Thanks Slippery !!!! I owe you one !! If I ever find anything not WW2 related you get first dibs on it