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Michael Thomson

Please help identify this?

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Michael Thomson

Hi everyone,

 

I picked this up from a pile of ploughed soil just next to the London Cemetery at High Wood...it is metal and has a definite pattern on it but I have no idea what it might be? I've put it next to a 1 Euro coin for size comparison. It is about 3mm thick. 

 

Any ideas? 

 

Thanks!

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seaJane

Could be the corner of a buckle?

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Michael Thomson

I was wondering if it couldn't possibly be something bearing the portcullis motif like in the photo I attached? 

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Torrey McLean

Hello, Michael - It's a small section of a driving band of a French 75mm shell.  Regards, Torrey

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trenchtrotter

Tory is correct.

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Michael Thomson

That is fascinating. Thank you for pointing me in the right direction for this. I had no idea what it was! I found another piece of very mangled driving band which looked much more conventional a few metres away from where I picked this up as well as a number of shrapnel balls and a .303 bullet. There was a very old bucket handle (1940s or earlier I'd guess) lying nearby. 

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