Pictured below is a 6.5 mm Bergmann No. 3 box. It is interesting on several different levels. Firstly, it is the only DWM box I have in my collection which has an address over-label. The added strip translated is “Berlin-Karlsruher Industrie- Werke Aktien-Gesellschaft, formerly Deutsche Waffen - und Munitionsfabriken, Karlsruhe.” This seems to indicate that the box was either used much later than its original fabrication, or that unsold stocks of this ammunition were over-labeled with the current address and sold some time after the ammuntion was made.
The box has a code of sorts on the back. However, it is unusual in that it is circled by a large oval. The code is U 862. I am assuming from recent threads on the subject that this is a date code. Perhaps someone can tell us what it represents?
The box has two rubber stamps on one side. First applied is a large oval almost identical to that which surrounds the code on the bottom of the box, but with a lot of printing in it. Unfortunately, it is totally illegible. The second stamp mere says, in Spanish, “Manufacturado en Alemania” (Manufactured in Germany). I have this same, latter stamp on a DWM 7.65 Parabellum (Case Number 471) box with a date code of 208 R V.
On the Bergmann box is the description N°3 S.12. I know what the N°3 means - Bergmann assigned numbers to each of their case types. However, I do not know What “S.12.” indicates. Can anyone tell us that.
The Spanish-language stamp “Manufacturado en Alemania” was likely applied in Argentina.
Edit: I forgot to mention that of seven more Bergmann Boxes in the collection, four of which are from DWM (although is is clear that the Bergmann Company was responsible for the design of most of the Bergmann Cartridge boxes), that the box pictured is the only one that has any sort of code marking on the box. That, along with the oval surrounding the number, leads me to believe that marking might have been applied in Argentina.
2nd Edit: Change the erroneously typed word “labels” in the first sentence of the thread, to the correct word “levels” which it was intended to be.