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    I found a pair of shell cases in a junk shop over the weekend - I paid 10 for the pair.
    One is dated Feb 1918, made by FN - which I believe to be Belgian?
    The other one is made by A.C Co - i cannot find who this was manufactured by?
    It appears to be dated 4 26 16 - is this American style date 26th April 1916?
    Both the shell cases are identical in size.
    Does anyone have any further info?
    Thanks very much
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    The only American company I found with those initials are the "American Cutlery company". They were indeed a government contractor based in Chicago during ww1 and known for making the knuckle knives. Not sure if it's the same company but maybe at least something to rule out.

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    Hi the left one with FN is French made by Fabrique Nationale

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    Very interesting re the American cutlery co, it certainly is a possibility. Had another search today, still cannot find any further info re this manufacturer. Anyone got any suggestions for places to research the maker? Thanks

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    The case marked 'FN' is WW1 German.

    'HL' is Haniel Luge Dusseldorf ( where the brass was made ) and 27 is the inspection number. The circled 'FN' stands for Friedrich Niemeyer, the munitions factory.

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