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Article about: Hi everyone, Can anyone help me identify this artillery shell? It's been in my family for some time as an umbrella stand! 20 inches height, 5 1/2 inch base Thanks! Kate

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    Hi everyone,

    Can anyone help me identify this artillery shell? It's been in my family for some time as an umbrella stand!
    20 inches height, 5 1/2 inch base

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    Thanks!
    Kate
    Last edited by katelove; 06-02-2013 at 07:35 PM. Reason: Add size

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    looks like a ww1 artillery shell !!

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    It certainly is not a WW1 shell case. With a date of 1944 this should be kinda obvious !!!

    Anyway, let's see if I can help. E.C.C. stands for the Elswick Cartridge Company. The figures are the manufacture date and the 'N' means it is for naval use. I can't quite make out the long top headstamp but it appears to say 4in, meaning it is for a 4 inch weapon, with the weapon marks which this shell could be used in also marked.

    This will provide a little info for you....... QF 4 inch Mk XIX naval gun - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    4 pounder UK round perhaps?

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    It's a British Mark 19 4 inch Naval gun casing. It fired a 35 pound shell. From Wikipedia: "The QF 4-inch Mk XIX gun was a British low-velocity 4-inch 40-calibre naval gun used to arm small warships such as Bathurst and Castle class corvettes and some River-class frigates in World War II, mainly against submarines."
    William

    "Much that once was, is lost. For none now live who remember it."

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    Excellent - Thanks for your help guys. Does this kinda shell have much value? Trying to decide whether to part with it or not.

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    Not a Huge value-you're probably just as well keeping it for the umbrella stand!
    William

    "Much that once was, is lost. For none now live who remember it."

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    Hello..in fact ECC stands for E Curran & Co from Cardiff. Elswick headstamp is EOC, but the O is sometimes mistaken for a C. Elswick Ordnance Corporation

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