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I've been gifted this vase that is obviously made out of a large shell casing. It has 'MARZ 1917' stamped on the bottom, plus other less understandable markings: 'St', 'G', '36', 'HL 25'. I'm attaching a photo, of course.

The diameter of the largest part at the bottom is 90 mm, i don't have a caliper but by measuring the 'lip' i think the actual tube is 80-82 mm wide at the bottom and 76-77 mm at the top (it's been deformed by the beautification process).

It's not a matter of life and death, but it would be fun if someone could shed more light on what those markings say.

Thank you!

Bottom with markings

Side view

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What you have is a casing from a 77mm German field artillery piece, possibly like this: enter image description here Some of the stamps:

  • St: Strengthened case
  • HL: Haniel Luege Düsseldorf (brass factory)
  • 25: Inspection Mark

not sure yet on the G(may indicate maker Geschossfabrik), and 36 may be lot number. Marz 1917, of course, would be the date.


some sites to look:

  • That will lead to another evening of reading references for fun. Thank you! – Torp Apr 27 '17 at 16:08
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Just adding a little detail, it is MÄRZ 1917 (A with umlaut), the two dots over the A are a part of the text and not an accident.

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