Eley Cartridge Display Board


#1

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I have a glass fronted display board, the contents of which are itemised below. I would like more information on the date of issue/manufacture and on the cartridges displayed.

Eley Sporting and Military Cartridge Display Board

This is a wooden framed, glass fronted display board with an overall size of 31 inches high by 25 1/2 inches wide. There is an internal bevel under the glass approx. 1 1/8 inches wide and the display board itself is twenty four and a half inches high by nineteen inches wide. The varnished wood frame is two inches wide all round.

The words 'Eley' and 'Sporting' appear at the top and bottom, respectively, of the frame and  'Sporting' and 'Military' appear left and right, respectively. There is a shield with the letters EBL thereon at the centre of the board bracketed by the words ELEY CARTRIDGES and surrounded by 22 number 5 and 6 shot cards.

There are 124 cartridges/cartridge cases on the board together with 6 cylindrical shot canisters with transparent lids, 2 canisters of caps and anvils and 28 shotgun wads. 25 of the items are rimfire and the remainder are centrefire. All cartridges are deactivated and primers/bases are drilled.

Shotgun Cases

There are 53 shotgun cases from .360 to 4 bore of which 17 are closed with a rolled turnover and shot card and the remainder are open ended. Four of the closed cases are cutaway at the front to show the internal elements. 

	Closed 12 bore cases.

	1. Eley "Vulcan", 1/4" brass.
	2. Eley Smokeless, 1/4" brass.
	3. "Amberite" Smokeless, 5/8" brass (cutaway) 
	4. E.C.Sporting Powder, 5/8" brass (cutaway)
	5. "Schultze" Sporting Powder, Eley Gastight Cartridge Case, 5/8" brass (cutaway)
	6. Sporting Smokeless Special Cartridge, 5/8" brass (cutaway)
	7. Eley "Acme" 5/8" brass
	8. Eley "Zenith" 5/8" brass
	9. Eley "Comet" 5/8" brass
           10.Eley "Achilles" 5/8" brass
           11.Eley "Eloid" 5/8"  brass
           12.Eley "Aquoid" 5/8" brass
           13.Eley "Rocket" 1/4" brass
           14.Eley "Ecar" 1/4" brass
           15.Eley "Pluto" 1/4" brass
           16.Eley "Mars" 1/4" brass
           17.Eley "Universal" brass

	Open Ended RTO 12 bore cases

           18.  2 1/2" all brass case "Ejector"
           19-20.  2 1/4" all brass with card lining 1/4" over top of cases
           21-24.  Eley Gastight, 7/8" brass
           25-30.  Eley Gastight, 5/8" brass
           31.  Eley "Grand Prix", 1/4" brass
           32.  Eley "E.B Nitro", 1/4" brass
           33.  Eley London (Blue), 1/4" brass
          34.  Unprinted blank case 1/4" brass
          35-37. Eley "Pegamoid" waterproof cases, 5/8" brass

	.360 to 4 Bore Shotgun Cases - overall length

	38.    4 bore 4" 
	39.    8 bore 3 1/8"
	40.  10 bore 2 1/2"
	41.  12 bore 2 1/2"
	42.  14 bore 2 1/2"
	43.  16 bore 2 1/2"
	44.  20 bore 2 1/2"
	45.  24 bore 2 1/2"
	46.  28 bore 2 1/2"
	47.  32 bore 2 1/2"
	48.  .410  2"
	49.  .360  1 5/8"
	50-53   Eley "Fourten"
	
	Small bore shot cartridges
	54-59   Checkered case, rimfire, shotshells in three calibres and two lengths.

	Centrefire Pistol Cartridges, Base Stamps

	60.   .455
	61.  .295
	62.  C N P
	63.  7.5mm
	64.  .38 S & W
	65.  .320L
	66.  .320
	67.  .350L
	68.  .380
	69.  6.35mm
	70.  .32 S & W
	71.  .32 - 7.65 AUTO
	72.  .45 ACP
	73.  .430
	74.  .442
	75.  unmarked (approx .25)
	76.  .450
	77.  .45 (?)
	78.  .300 EX L
	79.  .455
	80.  No1 EXPS
	81.  .455 wadcutter
	82.  .442 L
	83.  .430 L
	84.  .44 S&W  R
	85.  .44 S&W
	86.  .32 WIN
	87.  .310
	88.  .38 WIN
	89-90.  Bottle necked, small calibre, two lengths

	- rimfires
	91-109.  .22 short long and long rifle inc. two blanks.

	Centrefire Rifle Cartridges

	110.  .375 Holland & Holland
	111.  .500 Express
	112.  Eley No1 Express
	113.  .577/450 (?)
	114.  .500 Express
	115.  .500/450 Nitro 
	116.  .450 No2 Nitro (soft point)
	117.  .450 No2 Nitro (solid)
	118.  7mm rimless
	119.  .400/360 Nitro
	120.  .350 Nitro
	121.  .475
	122.  .303 (?)

	Lead Shot
	5, 5 1/2, 6, 7, 8, 9 in cylindrical cases with transparent lids.

	Assorted shot cards and wads.

#2

It would have to have been made after 1911 as there is a .45 ACP listed !! M. Rea


#3

Hello and welcome to the IAA Forum.

A photo would be nice, just for a visual picture. But by the sounds of the cartridges you listed, I found a display board which may be similar… http://www.christies.com/lotFinder/lot_details.aspx?intObjectID=3955276


#4

Mdrea - Was the .45ACP not introduced in 1911? …seeing as there are model 1911 .45ACP handguns?


#5

Thank you mdrea and RimPin. The 1911 .45ACP cartridge was the one that caught my eye at first glance, as well. So post 1911. RimPin - that was a very good piece of detective work - that is the exact board with as far as I can see the exact same layout of cartridges as I have. I have several snaps of the board but PC is not showing them to me for the moment. I will keep searching and post then.
How would I find out more about the checkerboard shot shells - any idea?


#6

It’s always a good idea to give the complete headstamp when trying to identify old cartridges. And the dimensions are important too. The .45 A.C.P. is a good example. Develoment of the 45 ACP cartridge was well underway as early as 1905 and the cartridge on the board can be one of them. Photos, of course, are worth a lot too.

The deignation M1911 was applied to the cartridge adopted along with the M1911 pistol.

Ray


#7

Padvitt - I am assuming the “checkerboard” shotshells you are referring to, are 6mm, 7mm and 9mm Flobert… They are “double charge” cartridges by the looks of the board at Christies.com

-Dave.


#8

They would not have made a cartridge ( the .45 ACP ) in 1911. It would most likely have been made shortly after, as a minimum . M. Rea


#9

There are M1911 FA cartridges dated 8 11 through 12 11. These are the most sought after headstamps by those who would collect such things.

There are earlier 45 ACP cartridges but I don’ t believe any of them are FA.

Ray