37mm WORLD TRAVELER ENGLAND JAPAN USA NORWAY?


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I recently obtained the 37mm shown from Japan. Rbt. Mellichamp says it is previously undocumented. His volume 1 on the subject of 37mm ammo has been published and is a MUST BUY for serious collectors of big bore.

I identified this case as a 1 1/2 pounder Vickers Aircraft cannon but Bob says it is a bit early for that and may be a 1 1/4 pounder Vickers. Both of these are 37mm.

The headtsamp dated 1913 carries the typical British EOC manufacture marks as well as Tokyo Arsenal stars and JM in a cartouche. Who is JM ?

Bob commented that the large ā€œCā€ is a British inspector mark found on 37mm contract ammo for NORWAY !

Both of these guns are extremely rare. Why this was in Japan; who knows ?