Well Jim according to your reading of Peter’s book my 4th from the left is an early MK Ii?
The only brown cases I’m aware of are the two I show above. (not that I’ve seen everything).
The example he shows on pg 24 is hardly brown, more of a light tan, cream, buff or dirty off-white?
Tony’s, mine and every other MK IX ball case I’ve seen are all this off-white / cream / buff paper yet Peter describes these as brown.
So where did the ‘brown’ come from?
Perhaps a typo on Peter’s part, no, I doubt that, so perhaps noted as brown in a document he was using for a original source, or in the List of Changes as brown? Peter was known for sticking close to the official published documents and not including or neglecting war time expedient items and not-100% official items. So perhaps if it said brown, brown it was?
OK, got out my copy of Skennerton’s re-prints of the List of Changes. In his Vol. I 1860 - 1868 page 55, item 1703- 28 Oct. 1868 the MK Vi case is “covered with brown paper”, on page 71 the Buck-Shot Mk II is noted but the “case is similar in construction to the service ball cartridge”.
Going back in the LoC item 1448 (pg 46) and 1449 (pg 47) cover the Pattern II & III but note no paper color. On pg 65 item 2105 the Mk IX is noted, but again no paper color just how the bullet differs and that it should have a “narrow ring of red ink printed round it”.
So I submit Peter’s use of brown MAY have come from the LoC, and since it was not noted in other LoC marks or patterns descriptions, he carried the Mk VI case color forward.
Could all the examples we see and which photos are published of them, be from the trade?
Jim your blank with the brown glazed / polished paper body & roll crimp is a M.H. and Snider B.L. blank. which would work a treat in a Snider. However see the LOC pg 68 item 2332 3 Aug 1872, and using that date perhaps more for issue to the M.H. equipped troops?