Here is an old Doughboy shell me and the kid picked up last week while making our regular rounds through some of the local antique stores. I know that the red stripe, across the top, and Ĺ in hole, in the rim, indicate that this M1917 is a reject, failing some type of acceptance test but I do not know much else for certain. One article I found said that, for each batch of shells that were made, one was pulled and a .45 caliber ballistics test was performed (assuming at a pretty fair distance away) and if the shell failed, the entire batch was rejected, a red stripe applide and a Ĺ inch hole stamped out of the rim to identify them as rejects. These lids where then sent off and used for training. Sounds pretty plausible but I sure would like this confirmed by other sources before I take it as gospel. Any insight on this lid and itís origins from anyone?
Also, did you happen to notice what the lid is set on? On this same day, we just happened across a guy selling an Iraqi Freedom Prayer Rug. We didnít know what the value of something like this was but my son and I both thought it would be a great addition to his collection. It was priced such that we couldnít pass it up, so we brought it home. Havenít been able to find much info in this either, but thatís a thread for another day.
Russ & Son