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    I have picked up a unknown shell at a yard sale

    Hello to everyone here, I am primarily a civil war relic collector but I came across this shell at a yard sale and I could not resist it.
    I have had no luck with its identification and neither has anyone I know. After a lot of Internet looking.
    I think it is a WWI gas shell. If anyone here can identify it I would very much appreciate it. The shell has no markings and it is steel not cast iron. Thanks for any help, J.M.
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    Question High Explosive ?

    Whilst not my main interest I wonder whether it is an HE shell, the reason being is that there appears to be a welded gas check on the base which is common on HE shell, having said that I have not seen one on an apperently early shell such as this one???
    Intresting item and nice find-are you sure it is empty?

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    Yes, She is quite empty, if it would help i can take a photo of the fuse threads. What you see in the nose is what i belive to be a wood shipping plug,but i am not sure..

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    Thumbs up Clean up ?

    I wonder what markings you might find with a little bit of a clean up????

    Very relieved that it is empty.
    The fuze diameter looks to be very first world war'ish along with the spanner indent to unscrew the top portion.

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    Should i clean it up? If you think that would not detract from the value then ill take it to my wire wheel or spin it in a lathe and have this puppy looking brand new! Also i just had a good
    look inside of it.there is no split line the top dose not screw off?
    Last edited by vist609; 1st July 2010 at 12:19 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vist609 View Post
    Should i clean it up? If you think that would not detract from the value then ill take it to my wire wheel or spin it in a lathe and have this puppy looking brand new!

    Just some rust remover and a little elbow grease with a wire brush and/or some wire wool should do the job, wouldn't want to remove any markings etc.

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    Certainly a U.S. 75mm type

    Don't wire wheel that causes damage that can't be repaired. use very fine emery 150 -200 and oil steel wool. Rust remover is good also, take your time. The wood plug is a nice part of it. You may find markings on the body.

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    Can you provide some measurements for it, the length, diameter and length from the base to the driving band? That might help to provide a more positive identification.
    any live or ground dug ordnance shown in my posts has been dealt with by qualified EOD personel

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    WOW!!! You guys were right! It is hand stamped..It says -
    FINISHED BY
    DEAN KING ZELLER

    BELLOWS FALLS VT.

    2-27-1918

    Man,just think how long it took to make each one of these shells on what was probably water driven machines. and the pride these guys had to hand stamp each one..
    Last edited by vist609; 1st July 2010 at 03:01 PM.

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    It is most likely a 3 inch Field Gun High Explosive projectile. You should measure the diameter to confirm it is 3" or 76.2mm instead of 75mm.
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