On one of the Facebook groups, a user showed the below image of some new primed empty 20ga shells in both 2.50" and 3.00" from Hingston Smith Arms Co. of Winnipeg. I guess “Prince of Wales” was the name of the product line? These are 100 packs, and I could not find other images online. No idea on the headstamp.
Here a 2.5" example. Not seen a 3" or in any other gauge.
OPPS I lied here’s a 3" same headstamp but no case wall print & slightly different tube color.
I also have a 20 but mine is a 3" and has no case wall printing, only the name on the head stamp (which may fit in with the labels on the boxes pictured above).
I also have only ever seen 20 bore cartridges, never seen 12 or 16 bores.
Is it empty Paul?
As you, I’m sure, know that as it lists the Prince of Wales as having given a Royal Warrant, doesn’t mean the box had / has Prince of Wales shells in it.
Interesting it notes Normal hulls & Normal powder. These Prince of Wales now do look to be by Normal. at least to me. Having now been given such a big clue.
I’m inclined to believe the Prince of Wales shells only came in 20 Bore, but Jim’s notes quoting the ICCA issue 12/67 lead us to believe the writer was talking about H.S.A.Co. producing / offering 12, 16 & 20 bore shells but the P. of W. shells were only made & HS’ed in 20 bore.
So until we see a box or a shell…
The box was empty. Here’s a picture of the side of the box:
Looking back through the pictures of the shotshells I’d taken from Jim’s collection, I recognize only 1 shell and that is the NPE 2.5" with the printed tube.
Thanks Paul, Jim really had a great collection.