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Old 12-03-2010, 04:55 PM   #11
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Yep, looks like the "plain vanilla" WW1 37mm round. Can you unscrew the nose fuze and verify that it is empty?

It might be French manufacture, or U.S. manufacture. An expert could tell from the markings on the base, but I'm not an expert.

I think these rounds usually sell in the $50-$100 range.

EDIT - Evidently this particular shell was French manufacture - here's a link -

French WW1 37mm HE 1916 Shell Inert - SpecialistAuctions.com The only REAL alternative to ebay for collectables online auctions
Yes I have unscrewed the fuse and it shows burned marks and tooth pick goes in about 3/4 inch until it the steel or lead plug.
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If somebody went to the trouble of removing the primer, then I would say you are correct - they probably filled the projectile cavity with molten lead to make sure it would remain "inert".

It is my understanding that this was a popular round about 100 years ago. The U.S. military had these guns mounted on ships, and the Army used them in the field.... if I'm not mistaken, they caused a lot of the carnage at Wounded Knee.

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ofitg.....I would say you nail it. This one is in much better condition as far as the fuse but that looks just like it. Somebody went to a lot of trouble etching the other words and dates on it. I guess hoping it would be worth a lot more in the future.

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And here I am thinking I was the only one to collect weird stuff.

It's a little harder to move around the 105 and 155 rounds though...

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Its a French WW1 37mm HE Shell

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Thanks everyone. I appreciate all the responses. This was a item I found going thru my grandfather "junk" years ago and never found out what it was until now. Thanks again.

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There's some history there. It's value will be sentimental, not financial. Especially since it was your Grandfathers.

On the other hand, I have some black powder...

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There's some history there. It's value will be sentimental, not financial. Especially since it was your Grandfathers.

On the other hand, I have some black powder...
Yes.....I will not be selling it. I was just curious as to value. It means for than money can buy to me.
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hell I'll give you 50 for it.

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Don't bring much this side of the pond

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