These shell casings have been passed down. Can anyone tell me anything about the markings?

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  • Some measurements might help, and also photos of the whole casings. Apr 21, 2021 at 7:55
  • Welcome to the History Stack! Could you provide a little more detail to help us? Like Lars asked, size and full photos would help. Also your family history of the shells, where did they come from, was it a family member who served? If they served or they found them what was their branch and location of their find? Do you have a story that goes with them? Do you know what year they were acquired? All of this will help us find an answer for you.
    – EvanM
    Apr 21, 2021 at 12:05

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While we wait for more detail I did find some interesting diagrams that should help you.

I can tell you that the EOC is for British, Elswick Ordnance Company made the first shell.

EOC's main customer was the British Government during WW1. If it was stamped EOC it would have been used by the Brits, otherwise it was stamped with W.G. Armstrong if it was exported to other countries.

So your top picture looks like a shell from 1918, made by EOC in Lot 289. The three lines coming to a point on the left says it was used in service. I can't make out the caliber at the top above the Roman Numeral 2 real well but it looks like an 18 pounder. The C.F. means it was filled with Cordite and a full charge, the bottom picture is the same filling and charge. The A in the circle is the annealing stamp, the JM in the triangle is the scleroscope and mercurous nitrate test stamp. Some of the stamps that are in the picture but aren't on the shell are due to the fact that this shell was probably only used once.

The primer was made by P.B. & Company its a #1 Mark 2. It was made in January of 1918 and filed on September of 1918




I'll keep researching for the other two but some of the markings seem to fit on those as well and the second picture is hard to make out.

Update It seems like the lower one was manufactured in 1897 by Royal Laboratories (RL) and filled with Cordite to a full charge. The A in the Circle is the Annealing stamp.

Speculation : It looks like the lower two had their primers removed the bottom one looks like some one cut it out.

Pictures from: Here

Information on Stephen Taylor Here

(Figured some random guy wouldn't do so I linked a little info about the source. He's a historian that works on a lot of things but is known for his consultation on History Channel.)

  • Thank you so much for your help I really appreciate it Apr 21, 2021 at 23:14
  • @Jaimiedark Not a problem. If you would do me a solid and vote it as the answer I would appreciate it. Assuming, it answered your question that is.
    – EvanM
    Apr 22, 2021 at 14:53

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