Tonight I got distracted by my visiting granddaughters and didn’t watch the close on an auction on GB. Just as well probably. The box was in terrible condition, but it looked like it may have had an interesting date code on the back.
Western’s initial production of 9x19mm ammo was a contract to supply 9mm Glisenti ammunition to the Italian Army. These rounds were headstamped both 1917 and 1918. The Western 1917 price list does not list 9mm Luger. The next document I have is the Jan 1921 catalog which lists both an “M.P” load and a “Hollow. S.P” or Hollow Point load. It is unclear when Western began manufacturing 9mm Luger.
The headstamp on the Glisenti Loads is “WESTERN 1917” or 1918. The post war commercial ammunition is headstamped “WESTERN 9m/mLUGER” However there are a number of different bullet styles including an HP load that show up with a 1918 headstamp. It is assumed that Western was using up leftover Glisenti cases for their initial commercial 9mm Luger ammunition.
The box that I missed was a white box for HP loads but filled with Western 1918 headstamped cases. The only interesting thing about it was what appeared to be a date code on the back which was perhaps “P???” The “P” would make this a 1921 box which fits nicely with the 1921 catalog and the initial offering of 9mm Luger by Western.
The possible date code on the back is:
If anyone sees this box, please take a close look at the back and see if you can make out the date code.
For comparison below is an April 1924 HP box
The lack of the LUBALOY stamp indicates the box that sold on GB was made before 1924 as does the Glisenti headstamp.