Just received this cartridge with 12 other Spanday early truncated bullet loads. The headstamp has a strange swirling mark on the casehead with the headstamp apparently applied over the swirl. Visible at the top of the headstamp, in the 12 O’Clock position is the faint impression of the top of an “S”. When I measure this mark, it has the same width as the “S” in the partial headstamp to the left.
The date “14” is clear in the 7 O’Clock position and there is a strange small circle in about the 4 O’Clock position where I would expect to see the month.
My initial reaction is this small circle was a reload mark, but that doesn’t explain the missing month mark and the circle is much smaller than the marks on any of my other reloads from this period (Examples from Aug 10 and Feb 13 shown). I have 15 Spandau rounds in the collection with a single reload mark and one with two reload marks. Two of these are loaded with RN bullets so their loading would be later than the round pictured if it is a reload. Although there appear to be two slightly different diameters of the reload marks in my collection, they are all much larger than the circle on this headstamp. As you can see from the partial hst on the right, this circle is not the upper half of an “8”.
It would be easy to write this round off as a poorly struck headstamp with a faint S and the month missing, and a reload mark where the month was. The very small size of the circle and no hint, that I can see, of a month makes me wonder if there isn’t another explaination.
I’m interested in the comments of the Forum members! Have any of you seen something similar?
You can click on the photo and see it in a somewhat larger size I think.