I have 2 of these shells was wondering if anyone can help with some info on them
Pretty sure it if British Navy 4.5" case for the main guns on their destroyers circa 1940s to present.
This is a 4.5" Mk3-5 gun case made by Edward Curran & Co, Cardiff, Wales.
N4 1960 date is quite early and nice. The N3 cases from late 1940’s had 4 sets of mouth cut-outs instead of the later threaded mouth. This thread accepts an alloy or later plastic plug as the rounds are separate and not a fixed round. Usually 2 barrels on Navy ships.
Thanks guys, do you know a ruff figure on what they would be worth, and should I clean them up or leave them as is ?
The value depends where you are located - which country. Never clean large calibre/caliber cartridge cases unless they are badly corroded - this one isn’t. It doesn’t add any value to them and purist collectors would say it actually reduces their value.
Im located in melbourne- Australia
Should be worth $75 but I see them in antique shops for up to $150 which is absurd.
I am in Ballarat.