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    Relics from Passchendaele area 2017

    Whilst out in the Ypres salient for the 100th anniversary of Passchendaele, I came across these rusted 'relics' from near two cemeteries:

    A) front:



    A) back:





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    Can anyone confirm if these are period artefacts/what they are exactly?

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    Hi
    First item is the front of a shell.
    The inner thread that is the smaller diameter would be for the fuze.
    Looking at the ruler pic & the outer diameter Possible from a French 75mmDEC - Field gun or a German 7.7cm? - If I am right then this is a period piece.
    As to the lump of rusty iron - any ones guess I am afraid!!
    Spray it with Cillit Bang & soak that should remove the dirt & light rust.

    If you are in that area again there are quite a few museums that are privately run that sell some good pieces at sensible prices.

    good luck

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    Aha, thanks very much.
    I'm not sure about the second piece either, but it has an interesting sort of thread pattern on it which you can just make out in the picture I think. Could it be a bit of fuse?

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    Fuzes usualy mostly Brass - so no rust - but do the cillit (or try coke) thing & a brass wire brush.
    Worth a half hours elbow grease!

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    Thats ony trash parts

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    The second piece looks to be a piece of shrapnel, could be from the body of a projectile from the machine marks.

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    Looking at the photos I am guessing they are both of the time of WW1. Trashy maybe but pieces of history definitely.
    Any live or dug ordnance shown in my posts has been dealt with accordingly by eod personel

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    Yes - some people can be real downers!

    I started with rotten 303 cases off Bodmin Moor!

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