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Help Please to identify unusual WW1 Cartridge - Battlefield Found Somme

Article about: Any assitance out there to identify this small stubby bullet like object found on the Somme - Mouquet Farm area: Looks very like a pistol round but isn't, not sure if it is a artillery prime

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    Default Help Please to identify unusual WW1 Cartridge - Battlefield Found Somme

    Any assitance out there to identify this small stubby bullet like object found on the Somme - Mouquet Farm area:

    Looks very like a pistol round but isn't, not sure if it is a artillery primer, mortar primer, flare or firearm related. Item is brass, bottom looks like small slotted grub screw where I would expect a primer to be, it appears to be triple crimped at the thread to stop it moving. It has a rounded off top that appears to capture the main body inside and prevent it from coming out.

    I have a very similar item found at Mametz a few years ago and is a the shell only with nothing in it which suggests that the recent find is in 2 parts and is designed to come apart. At first I thought it was a blank .455 round but you will see in the comparison pic that it is not.

    Any assistance would be very useful as I have never encountered an item like this before.

    Many thanks

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    Default Re: Help Please to identify unusual WW1 Cartridge - Battlefield Found Somme

    Absolutely no markings on this by the way - no head stamp which leads me to think it is not a bullet by a primer of some description.

    r3jmk

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    Default Re: Help Please to identify unusual WW1 Cartridge - Battlefield Found Somme

    It is certainly not a cartridge for small arms. It could be part of a fuze but I am not sure.

    There is something vaguely familiar about it but I can't remember exactly what!

    Maybe the synapses will fire better later.

    Regards
    TonyE
    British Military Smallarms and Ammunition
    Collector, Researcher and Pedant
    https://sites.google.com/site/britmilammo/

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