WW1 Brass shell case - please help to identify

I found this brass shell casing at a thrift store and was drawn to it. My son, daughter-in-law and my daughter’s boyfriend all serve in the CAF.
I would really appreciate help in identifying the shell casing marks on the bottom.
I have read quite a few online so believe it is French made or made for France, it is from 1916 and that is about it.
It is 13.5” tall and 3” in diameter.
The only markings are on the bottom.
I am including a picture of the markings.
Thank you in advance for any assistance.
I would like to gift it to one of them at some point and would like to include the information about the markings with it.

Welcome Laura!

Can you please post metric dimensions of the diameter across the open end (“mouth”) and the length.
For example it might be 75mm x 343mm, based on your 3" x 13.5"



Thanks for the reminder.
The shell casing is:
75mm in diameter at the mouth
350mm in length

Thanks again!
Laura Lee

Your case is the classic French 75x350R Model 1897 Field Gun.
I am only repeating the info from other collectors.

75 DE C = 75mm de Campagne (75mm Field Gun).
PDPs = Pinchard et Denys, Paris. ( Case maker).
1297 L = Lot 1297
16 = 1916.
R = the metal supplier (I do not know the supplier).

This same cartridge was used by USA, UK and Canada through WW2.


Thank you so very much.
I am just curious, are these fairly rare?
Having found this at a thrift shop, I am in awe of the history behind it.
My daughter’s boyfriend is graduating in November, getting his wings, and this would be a great gift I believe.
Thanks again for the information.
Laura Lee


These WW1 French 75mm cartridge cases are fairly common but that does not detract from the fact that these are great historical items.


Thanks Brian.
I so agree, even holding something that holds such history gives me goosebumps!

Kind regards,

Laura Lee

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The French 75 mm field gun was an excellent piece of ordnance. The U.S. Army adopted it, which explains the commonality of its ammunition on the other side of the pond.

Probably steel factory of Rugles, Normandy. Till today, Rugles is an important center of metallurgical industry.