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Old August 14th, 2019, 03:05 PM #1
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Well, relics, anyway

Still excavating late FIL's stuff. Another long-gone relative in that branch was a US Army major WWI. Apparently he liked to make "trench art" while bogged down in a ditch in France - which he was, for a long time.
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Pretty cool.
What are the head stamps on those cartridges?
The bottom looks like .30-06; what is the top?
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very cool!
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.303 ?
No, I would guess French Lebel? Maybe...
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I'll vote for Lebel too.
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Top sure looks like 8mm Lebel
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Very neat! I’ve always liked trench art, my great grand father brought a couple pieces back from WWI as well. Looks like the bottom one in your pic is inscribed “St. Nazaire”? Maybe a memento for the port his unit landed at? St. Nazaire Naval Operating Base on the west coast of France began to receive AEF troops June 1917 I believe.
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St. Nazaire was something of a go-to spot for soldiers able to take a break from the front. Known for, among other things, its brothels apparently!

Sorry I didn’t get a shot of the head stamps. The brass have some cut out coin seals on them. The obvious .30-06 has an eagle/shield. That 30-ish rimmed cartridge was decorated with a crown of sorts. Felt Britishy, but could have been French.

The head stamps definitely were gummed up and a bit corroded, but no obvious numbers. More like proof marks. The rimmed brass had something that looked like a triangle and then a couple of slashed lines. I’d probably recognize them if I saw another similar image of them. Will do some googling.
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St. Nazaire was something of a go-to spot for soldiers able to take a break from the front. Known for, among other things, its brothels apparently!

Sorry I didn’t get a shot of the head stamps. The brass have some cut out coin seals on them. The obvious .30-06 has an eagle/shield. That 30-ish rimmed cartridge was decorated with a crown of sorts. Felt Britishy, but could have been French.

The head stamps definitely were gummed up and a bit corroded, but no obvious numbers. More like proof marks. The rimmed brass had something that looked like a triangle and then a couple of slashed lines. I’d probably recognize them if I saw another similar image of them. Will do some googling.
Here are a couple of places to look for head stamps:

International Ammunition Association
http://cartridgecollectors.org/?page=headstampcodes

La Asociación Española de Coleccionistas de Cartuchería (AECC) in Spanish and undergoing changes but the best photographs of head stamps I have found
http://www.municion.org/
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