Another collector I know bought this interesting tin of 11mm Gras blanks.
It is a brass tin of roughly 190 x 160 x 100mm (7" x 6" x 4") in size. The screw-in lid is roughly 100mm across. The seller told him that it was recovered by amateur Scuba Divers off the coast of Cornwall, UK in recent years.
It contains these packets of five 11mm Gras crimped blanks. I think they may be some sort of artillery primer as I’m sure I can make out the word “CANON” on the packet but I could be wrong. The packets seem to have survived fairly well considering their exposure to sea water. One of the packets had been opened when he got the tin, so we didn’t destroy one to see the rounds!
Here is one of the cartridges.
The headstamp is :
[color=#FFFFFF]–[/color]\ ART /
[color=#FFFFFF]–[/color]/ R S \
Does anyone have any info on the tin or the cartriges?