Eley pinfire impressed X meaning?


#1

What is the meaning of an impressed X on early Eley pinfire shotgun cartridges ?

I have a NPE 24, headstamp ELEY LONDON No 24 GASTIGHT, brown 2 1/2" case, printed ELEY’s Gastight Cartridge Case, it is impressed with X X X

I also have a NPE 14, raised headstamp E.B. LONDON c 14, brown 2" case, it is impressed with a single X


#2

You will also see these “X” marked shells in center fire & it is generally thought these were second class or somehow blemished / flawed.

Eley did have three grades of shells Green was best quality, Blue 2nd best quality & Brown was the cheap stuff. You can find the X’s in any grade.


#3

[quote=“PetedeCoux”]You will also see these “X” marked shells in center fire & it is generally thought these were second class or somehow blemished / flawed.

Eley did have three grades of shells Green was best quality, Blue 2nd best quality & Brown was the cheap stuff. You can find the X’s in any grade.[/quote]
Thank you for the information.