Cerpelli Patent Shotshells


#1

I’m submitting the attached photos on behalf of an IAA member.

The headstamp reads “BREV. O. CERPELLI CAL 16” (12, 20 on the other 2), and I assume this is a reference to a patent by Signor Cerpelli though I am not familiar with it.

On the top rim (mouth) of the shotshell on all 3 is written CARTUCCIA LUBRIFICANTE.

I could guess that it is either one of those odd shotshells intended to be fired at the end of a day’s sport by lazy shooters who don’t want the hassle of cleaning and oiling their shotgun OR it contains a load of premium olive oil which, when fired, brings down the bird, removing all feathers and preparing said bird for the rotisserie, all in one shot, so to speak ?

A sensible response would be appreciated !!!

Chris P.


#2

you are right, it is a lubrificating ctge to clean the gun at the end of an hunting day
it is a 1954 patent
jp


#3

Thanks JP. Not often I’m right about a shotshell !!!

I would have thought that shards of colored plastic inside a shotgun action wouldn’t be popular ?

Chris P.


#4

These type of shotshells are also known from Raika of Finland.
Specially after a day hunting with black powder it is very welcome to fire one or two of these rounds.
They are simply loaded with some sort of gun cleaning oil.


#5

And from Fiocchi in Italy
JP


#6

LOL

As far as I’m concerned these Italian shotshells are now loaded with olive oil and pasta pieces.

Well, the propellant used in 6.5 Carcano ammunition looks like little macaronis.


#7

And from Cartoucherie Francaise also
jp


#8

Here is the box by Orazio Cerpelli:

And French patent:




#9

Thanks Fede - great info!
Chris P.