The blank box below was a contract for the German Army. Reportedly the 50 round boxes were for the German Army and the 25 round boxes, and later 30 round, for the Dutch, but I have not been able to confirm that. Does anyone have documentation of this? The headstamp is “9x19 NWM 23-61”. There is nothing unusual about the cartridge. There is no year on the lot #!
Typically, on these boxes the year is printed and them the lot number stamped as indicated below.
When I pointed this out to individual who had it on their table at the ECRA meeting, I was told this box came from K. D. Meyer who apparently ran the Proof House at Ulm/Württemberg, Germany. There were only 7 rounds missing from the box.
It seems pretty obvious that this was a special lot for the Proof House rather than the Army. The earliest lot I have recorded for this round is 7-61, and 2-61 with an earlier headstamp style. The latest 1961 lot documented is 29-61 and in 1962, most lots from 1 to 25 are documented. So, this is not particularly early lot, but rather about the middle of production. There appears to have been a break in production and the next date on this style blank is 1965.
The obvious question is “Why was Ulm interested in testing this blank???”
Is there any additional information on K. D. Meyer?
Are there other similar boxes with this type of lot number or other non-standard lot numbers associated with ammunition sent to the Ulm Proof House or other proof houses?
A strange box that raises some obvious questions.
Any help appreciated.