Today one of my lecturers at college bought this case in for me to ID. He bought it in an antique shop in Syria on Christmas day in 1991 or 1992 (he can’t remember which) when he was working there in the Oil Fields. We have been told that the Arabic inscription is the “Ayat al Kursi” or “Vesre of the Throne”, which is the Islamic equivalent of the Lord’s Prayer. He was told that she shell may have been fired during one of the three Arab-Israeli wars.
The headstamp is: “130” over an upside-down flattened “T” above a circle at 12 0’Clock, “88” at 3 O’clock. These are the only stamps that look to be machine made. At 9 O’Clock there is “12” over “74” over “195” clearly stamped by hand. In the segment between 3 and 6 O’Clock there are many small acceptance stamps, which are also hand made and not very clear. From the information posted can anyone tell me the name of he arsenal where it was made, and which of these markings are the date code. I will post a photo of the headstamp tomorrow. Any info would be helpful.