I recently acquired a full box of P * 1 33 cartridges, but only half the label remained, but since there was only one case lot produced in 1933 by Polte I bought it. When I bought it I knew it was a reused box and there was the residue of another label below the 1933 Polte label.
After owning the box for about 3 weeks, I couldn’t resist the urge to be an archaeologist and got out my brush and began soaking off the top label. Not too surprising was the 1929 Polte label that appeared. It was still only the right half of the label with the left tip still in place.
But there was another label under the 1929 and it looked more interesting, I thought perhaps WWI! So out came the small camel hair brush again, and soon appeared another Polte label, but this one loaded in 1925 with cases made in 1924. Very interesting, but that wasn’t the end!
There was clearly a 4th label under the first three and likely more complete than any of the others. Eventually a 1920 DWA label emerged loaded into Spandau cases!
I have never found a German box with four labels before, and these spanned the 13 years. After finding these labels, I discovered I had a very similar Polte 1925 label (lot 10 instead of 8), also with 1924 cases, as well as the DWA 1920 label (23 Dec instead of 15 Dec), but mine was worn and no longer showed the manufacturer of the cases. The cases in my box were DWA 11.20
I suspect the family reckons it is a great way to entertain a senile old man, but it was great fun so I decided to share it with you. If you agree with my family, which is likely, don’t bother to post. I already know they are right.