Both boxes came from an old collection, and the Spandau box has been there since about 1962.
The first box is a box which looks like a standard wartime DWM box. The contents are steel cased mE rounds, with the faa headstamp and a 43 year code. The label, however, is written in plain uncoded German and reads:
16 Pistolenpatronen 08 m.E.
Für Pistole 08 beschränkt geeignet
Deutsche Waffen- und Munitionsfabriken A.G.
16 pistol catridges 08 with iron core
For limited use in P08
(occasional case jams)
The second box, of which I received 2 examples, is a Spandau box with interesting contents, combined with an equally interesting remark on the label. The label has seen better days, and it is a good reminder to stay away from plastic tape, but we can identify enough here:
The 1914 datead Spandau marked ammunition boxes show that the contents consisted of reloaded cases. The cases show a small ‘reload’ circular marking on the headstamps, and the packages mention that the contents were ‘Aufgearbeitet’ (reworked). The contents show a combination of 1910-1913 marked cases from different lot numbers.