Recently acquired; this U.S.C.Co. 7.62 x 54R crate from 1917.
I know the 3 characters between 191 and LOT No indicate “3-line”, the Russian designation of the cartridge. According to Google, the lowest line of text translates to “English Order”
The crate sides are marked identically.
The ends are identical, as well.
The 20 round boxes contained in the crate are marked on the front only.
The cartridge, headstamped U.S.C.Co. 17
My question is: Does “English Order” indicate that the British were middle men, so to speak, for Russian armament orders in the U S, as they were for other countries in the World War 1 years ?