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Shell cases: Got two more that I'd like to know more about.

Article about: Hi there. I have been collecting shells since i was very young, i know where most are from, but there are always a few that i don't know allot about... That was until i discovered this place

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    Default Shell cases: Got two more that I'd like to know more about.

    Hi there.

    I have been collecting shells since i was very young, i know where most are from, but there are always a few that i don't know allot about... That was until i discovered this place!

    Ive always liked these twins, and they are my oldest ones from the 1900's.

    .50 BMG is for scale.







    Thank you for your time.

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    Default re: Shell cases: Got two more that I'd like to know more about.

    They appear to be 3 Pdr Navy cases. The N with pheon above it signifies Navy. They should be 47mm diameter inside the case mouth. They were evidently "liberated" at the same time as they are identically marked.

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    Default re: Shell cases: Got two more that I'd like to know more about.

    Quote by HAZORD View Post
    They appear to be 3 Pdr Navy cases. The N with pheon above it signifies Navy. They should be 47mm diameter inside the case mouth. They were evidently "liberated" at the same time as they are identically marked.
    Oh dear, i forgot to post the measurements. So yes, they are indeed 47mm. What do you mean with "liberated"?

    Thanks again for helping.

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    Default re: Shell cases: Got two more that I'd like to know more about.

    What I mean with liberated, is that they were stolen from the Royal Navy after being fired. Items marked with the pheon belong to the crown.

    I don't think they want them back.

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    Default re: Shell cases: Got two more that I'd like to know more about.

    Quote by HAZORD View Post
    What I mean with liberated, is that they were stolen from the Royal Navy after being fired. Items marked with the pheon belong to the crown.

    I don't think they want them back.
    I sure hope they don't. I don't really know what they did with these after they were fired. Toss them overboard? Melt them back on shore?

    I guess it was cheaper to make new complete shells then to re-use the fired ones. Except with the real big boys.

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    Default Re: Shell cases: Got two more that I'd like to know more about.

    Actually they reloaded a lot of cartridge cases back in that time. They would be inspected, reloaded, and marked with another set of inspector's stamps and a stake mark to signify it is a reload. It's not uncommon to find cases with 3 and 4 stake marks to show they have been reloaded multiple times.

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