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Maker Monogram on December 1906 No.80 I Fuze


peregrinvs

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Does anyone recognise this maker monogram?
 

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Looks like I posted too quickly... 5 minutes googling and I believe it is a slightly misstruck COW for Coventry Ordnance Works. It came attached to a 12/5/06 dated MkI 18 Pounder shrapnel shell made by VSM.

Does anyone recognise the BI (?) marking on the brass adaptor ring?
 

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Peregrinvs,

By coincidence, I have a fired shrapnel shell, including the fuze, and the fuze is almost identical to your example.  The fuze on my shell was manufactured by the Royal Laboratories and is marked 80 II * and 12/07.  The brass adaptor is marked identically to your example.  The manufacturer's initials are actually B.J. and not B.I.  I have searched for the identity of B.J. but no luck, perhaps because my information is from 1916.

In case it is of interest, the shell is marked Q.F. 18 Pr.  1   F.S   E.O.C.   10.8.05. 

Regards,

Michael.     

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41 minutes ago, Michael Haselgrove said:

Peregrinvs,

By coincidence, I have a fired shrapnel shell, including the fuze, and the fuze is almost identical to your example.  The fuze on my shell was manufactured by the Royal Laboratories and is marked 80 II * and 12/07.  The brass adaptor is marked identically to your example.  The manufacturer's initials are actually B.J. and not B.I.  I have searched for the identity of B.J. but no luck, perhaps because my information is from 1916.

In case it is of interest, the shell is marked Q.F. 18 Pr.  1   F.S   E.O.C.   10.8.05. 

Regards,

Michael.     

I've had a look through the 1918 list of manufacturers and there are three possible candidates. Barker J & Co Rotherham, Barwell, James Ltd Birmingham, and Beere JW of Peckham. They all made brass adaptors. It depends how you read the marking of the name. I couldn't find anything close under BJ.  A long shot I'm afraid.

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