You guys did such a great job on the last partial box label I posted, I decided to try again! It came to me empty, and with most of the label info missing, but what remains is extremely interesting.
First there appear to have been three lines of text, but clearly not in the approved Army format for normal ammunition. The very small dot on the right of the missing center is all that is left of the first line, but was probably “16” followed by a word that may have been the same as the ones on the contemporary boxes illustrated below. The second line undoubtedly read “PistolenPartonen 08” so it likely had a lead core bullet. The last line described at least the case and the powder.
The blue band on the label indicates steel case. and the case data on the bottom left identifies the case manufacturer as “S”, a code I only know from Spandau made cases, but only from WWII and on DWA headstamped cases from 1920 and 1921.
What could be the load date or more probably the powder ID, lot 1 of 1938, because it is in both bold and block type (see reference boxes below). Based on my experience, the Germans in this time-frame very seldom loaded powder more than two years old, so this box very likely loaded sometime from 1938 to 1940. If it is the load date, 1938 would be an extremely early date for a steel case.
The three questions I have should be easy for you guys!!!
What was written on the missing part of the label?
What was the description of the cartridges it originally held (headstamp, bullet, case material & finish, etc.)?
What does the “S” code for the case manufacturer signify?
Below are some contemporary boxes for your consideration.