This brass cartridge case turned up in a Charity Shop recently. The inside mouth diameter is 73.5mm, case length 63.5mm, head diameter 76.6mm, rim diameter 83.3mm and rim thickness is 3.55mm.
Yes, I know that I took the photos against the most stupid background possible, the pattern is the cast iron table, the case is plain smooth brass. It looked great through the camera viewfinder, bloody awful on the screen, but it is dark now and I will have to go with what I have got.
The headstamp has a “V” at 12 o’clock below which is an incomplete stamp of an Austrian Double Eagle. To the left of the eagle is Wdf, partly overlapping the eagle is Oed followed by 14. Near the rim at 2 o’clock is a “3”. At 6 o’clock we have 1914, 16., 7cmM99 and another “dot”. At 8 o’clock there is a symbol like two arrowheads tip-to-tip. This is exactly like the British mark for redundant stores. The screw-in primer is marked with the GR logo of Georg Roth, 179 over 15 and M8*.
Is this case complete or has it been cut short? What type of gun was the 7cm M99? What do the headstamp markings signify?