I recently acquired this projectile. It is by far the largest, and heaviest piece I have in my collection.
Items like this projectile do not show up around here too often, so I figured I should scoop it up before anyone else.
The antique dealer I purchased this from didn’t know anything about its origin, other than where he picked it up from. He also wanted to turn it into an ashtray or lamp (which I didn’t want to happen).
The measurements are as follows:
- 130mm wide base
- 140mm wide approximately in the center ( bourrelet?)
- 600mm tall
- 62.6mm wide mouth (exterior measurements)
From the research I have done, it visually looks much like a 155mm M107 HE (https://www.gd-ots.com/munitions/artillery/155m-m107/) but I am unsure how to get the measurement of 155mm. There are no markings or stamps as far as I can see.
The two driving bands appear to be made of brass, and not as thick as some other styles of artillery shells I have seen in photos.
Side view with a BIC lighter for size comparison:
What I would like to know is:
- The approximate age of this projectile?
- Would this projectile benefit from electrolysis (to save it from rusting out any further)?