Shell ID

Discussion in 'Military History and Militaria' started by JYKelly, Nov 2, 2012.

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  1. Hi all, are there any history type gunners know what this might be? It's approx 3 inches across and unusally all steel, it's the baseplate only, about 3mm thick. I'm assuming it's not the bottom of a cartridge as they were brass, more a naval shell type thingy. Found in a Victorian fort on the south coast. Thanks in advance.

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  2. Can't get anything from that. Leave it in some coke-cola for an hour, might bring up some details.
  3. Cheers Dingerr, I'll ask, I'm only the messenger.
  4. Was thinking theres some sort of imprit or markings on the base but cant make it out. Dingerr may have a good idea there.

    Maybe for some sort of Naval weapon mounted for field use.
  5. lewis gun magazine ?
  6. Not sure if that is a shell base.. 2mm thick is a bit thin, and the base does not separate as cleanly as that...

    Could be a shrapnel pusher plate..

    Needs more photos..
  7. Had a scan of the interwebby and a 12 pounder, 3 inch Lyditte Shell would seem to fit. Made of steel and fits the period. I'll see if they can get some more pics of it.