What is this round?


#1

Interesting looking case found on ebay earlier on. Can anyone tell me what it is? (See link below)

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/minature-brass-shell-case_W0QQitemZ130104374856QQihZ003QQcategoryZ64823QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem#ebayphotohosting

The seller tells me there are no markings of any kind. I have asked for better measurements as all the listing says is that it is approx. 3 1/2" long. I would appreciate if someone could tell me what it is.


#2

Had an email from seller telling me it is 65mm Long and has a mouth diameter of 25mm.


#3

likely a flare


#4

Flare did cross my mind, but it looks like it has a neck. I have a fired WW1 German flare of similar size, but it is a straight case. Still, I could be wrong.


#5

It looks like a piece of trench art (maybe a match box?) made from a brass-cased 4-gauge flare shell; does he mention any headstamp markings at all? Since the mouth had to be necked down in order for the top to fit, that would explain the current dimensions.