My good friend George Koller send me a headstamp and some specifications of a fired cartridge case to identify, and I could not. Perhaps some of our Western European friends could help.
It is a brass, A-Base case, with the headstamp “Ste Fse Mons 1901 LOT 2” with the lower-case letters in “Ste”, “Fse” and “Mons” being underlined with a double line, like “=” which I cannot reproduce here.
Measurements are as follows:
Rim: 1.209" (30.72mm)
Head: .978" (24.89mm)
Shoulder: .905" (23.80mm)
Mouth (inside diameter): .790" (20.09 mm)
Case Length: 4.670" (118.60 mm)
The case is reportedly of turned brass, not drawn, and the case is Berdan primed. I suspect French or Belgian manufacture.
We would like an identification of the case-type (caliber) as well as an identification of the meaning of the headstamp entries, and the weapon(s) this round was used with, if possible.
George made a good drawing of the headstamp, which I will try to scan and post today, since I am leaving for ten days and will have no access to a computer in that time.
If anyone can identify this today, it would help. If not, if a proper identification is made, and anyone who knows George Koller sees it, would you please notify him. If not, I will do so when I get back.