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I was an Ammo Tech (2311) when I was in the Marines. When the using units would turn in ammo to us at the end of maneuvers, if the the box was “light”, meaning some but not all of the ammunition in it had been used, we had to mark the box with red or orange paint and count the remaining ammunition in the box. Then we would put a slip of paper with the count on it in the box.

The box you have appears to have traces of red paint on it. But we didn’t have fancy slips of paper like that one!

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silverplate

That box is in great shape for WWI era. A paper insert of any kind is a plus, especially one with a date. Very nice find.

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Marshallj
1 hour ago, silverplate said:

That box is in great shape for WWI era. A paper insert of any kind is a plus, especially one with a date. Very nice find.

I found a similar box at a thrift store for $5. 

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Nice find and the slip of paper is SUPER! I've never seen one before and it's just amazing it was still in there!!!  The leather handle is still intact too. Are the painted bullets on the bottom inside still there?  They should look brand new if the paper survived this long. Date of 11-1-18, I wonder if it made it "over there"? Thanks for posting.

 

                   Steve

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Some of the WW1 staked and crimped aircraft rounds had also a sticker stating the empty cartridge cases were to be washed in soap and water before returning. I have one somewhere.

 

Quite a strange order for aircraft MG’s! 

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For interest. Here is a WW1 aircraft ammo cardboard container with the correct labeling. I have one somewhere, this pic is from the Internet. Aircraft ammunition was manufactured by USCC ( headstamped) and the primer was staked AND crimped.

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On 1/5/2024 at 2:22 PM, GWS said:

Nice find and the slip of paper is SUPER! I've never seen one before and it's just amazing it was still in there!!!  The leather handle is still intact too. Are the painted bullets on the bottom inside still there?  They should look brand new if the paper survived this long. Date of 11-1-18, I wonder if it made it "over there"? Thanks for posting.

 

                   Steve

There are bullets in the bottom.  They are kind of faint though.  There is red paint inside.

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