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    Pinehurst, North Carolina
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    I've been collecting since I was 12 years old. I'm primarily interested in WWI and WWII US militaria, with a focus on 82nd Airborne Division items.

    1-319 AFAR, 82nd ABN DIV
  1. Thanks for all of the help! I will do some light touch up work when it arrives to see if I can get the round seated into the shell casing. I also have another M1907 fuse on the way, so I can replace the one that was modified. I want to leave the adapter rings as is. I think thats a pretty cool piece of the rounds history, since it was likely assembled with bits and pieces by the soldier who brought it back. I guess the fuse portion of the 75mm was similar enough to the 3 inch to make it work. Hopefully the current fuse isnt too difficult to get off. Might take a little bit of soaking in degreaser to loosen up the threads. Im assuming this was turned into a lamp a long time ago, and the threads might be tight. I cant imagine the shrapnel rounds were as effective as the later HE rounds. It doesnt seem that there would be nearly as much kinetic energy traveling behind those ball bearings, as there would be with a hunk of steel being propelled by the HE charge. It reminds me a little of the new M825 WP round we use to dispense white phosphorous soaked wedges that produce smoke. Pretty similar method of dispensing what is inside the round.
  2. I reached out to the Western Front Museum, and they cleared everything up. Looks like it is indeed a 75mm round, with a modified fuse. Here is their reply: “The 3inch shells had a crimping at the lower end of the shell and yours hasn’t which means it is definitely an American made 75mm shell fitted with a M1907 PTTF (Powder Train Time Fuze). The number 7898 is the model number often followed by the year of manufacturing (16 = 1916). Fuze has been modified to fit a lamp fitting. I believe that the fuze adaptor ring is probably from a 3” shell as it does not properly fit this shell. Nevertheless a nice specimen in remarkable good condition for its age. Nice find. Hope this helps.”
  3. Ok got it. The round I purchased does not have those rings. I’ve noticed that these rings are mostly on French made rounds and earlier US rounds. I wonder what their intended purpose is
  4. Some rounds I found have a ring around the base of the shell, under the rotating band. Is this the crimping ring?
  5. Is the crimping ring a part of the rotting band? Or is it on a different part of the round?
  6. I found another round online that looks identical to mine (minus the fuse tip). It fits into a 75mm shell casing. The round also has the same case shape and maker stamps as mine (7898, followed by a circle and a lot number). It also has the same style rotating band. I noticed that the French made 75mm rounds have a slightly different band. I havent been able to find any 3 inch shells that look like mine. As I understand it, the three inch round was an older model, and a lot of them had integrated fuses in the top of the round. Since my round is fitted with a M1907 fuse, Im leaning towards it being a 75mm
  7. I saw some other references of US made 75mm rounds, and they look identical to this round. It could just be build up. It looks like some white paint was spilled on this one at some point. Ill try to remove that when I get the round and see if it helps
  8. Heres a photo of the markings on the shell casing
  9. Here are some more photos I received from the seller. I can take measurements when I have the round in hand
  10. By super quick, do you mean a fuse that can operate both as a time fuse and a point detonating fuse? I remember hearing about that in school, but our fuses today are different and I haven’t come across one like this before. What indications are there that it’s a 3 inch shell? That might explain why it is a little too large for that shell casing Still new to these WWI rounds. This one will look nice to that 18 pounder that I also just picked up
  11. I agree, I think it was just the round that was the lamp. I will replace the fuse and fit the round inside the shell casing. Nobody will suspect a thing ?
  12. Update: theres a hole in the side visible in this photo. I think you guys were right about the lamp. Im going to see if I can find another M1907 Scovill fuse to replace this one. That might take some time since theyve been tricky to come by lately. After that, I think this will make a very nice piece to put next to my other rounds. The shell of this one is in incredible shape, with the milling lines and all stamps visible. Not like the relics that you typically see floating around. Plus it came with a nice shell to complete the display
  13. A lamp is a good theory, I’ll ask the seller if there’s a hole in the bottom. I ended up snagging it for $150, not bad given how nice the shell is. At the very least I could slap another fuse on it and turn it into a nice display piece
  14. Heres the entire round. Looks like the round is bigger than the casing, as the rotating band isnt sitting flush with the lip of the shell casing. Everything looks to be in really nice condition, especially for a round that was fired.
  15. I stumbled across this listing for pretty cheap on the bay, and it piqued my interest. Its a WWI artillery round that comes with a 75mm shell. I think the round is actually a British 18 pounder, because in the photos it doesnt look like it fits into the shell. Most likely a little bigger. Anyways, the shell it topped with a weird looking M1907 Scoville fuse. Instead of having the usual rounded fuse tip, theres a threaded portion. Does anybody know why this is? What would have been threaded onto the end of this fuse?
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