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Are these WW1 or WW2 Ammo boxs ?

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Can anyone identify & date these boxs ? I won one on ebay a couple of days ago for £8.10 & when I got there he let me have another 3 for £30 in total.

I was thinking 50s or 60s ? but one is lined with a 1923 newspaper, could they be post WW1 ?

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Hi, on the ends where the rope handles are, you might find stamped on the bottom edge of the box a date and manufacturer, this is a common place to find marks on British ammo boxes etc.

Regards Gary

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Hi, on the ends where the rope handles are, you might find stamped on the bottom edge of the box a date and manufacturer, this is a common place to find marks on British ammo boxes etc.

Regards Gary

 

Hi Gary thanks for that info, 3 of them are 1917 & one is either 1915 or 1916 ?

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I stand corrected MATE ! want to sell me one ?

 

Jules

 

Sell you one Jules ? :confused: you got something to tell us mate ?

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What a wonderful find!

 

Tony

 

I thought you might like my little find Tony, it cant be every day that things like this turn up in almost 'as new' condition.

Would look good in the back of a Dennis or Thornycroft ;)

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Would look good in the back of a Dennis or Thornycroft

 

Given the dates and the condition of them, I couldn't think of anywhere more appropriate.

 

I'll bet they were 2d or 3d each when they were new, though... :cool2:

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I thought you might like my little find Tony, it cant be every day that things like this turn up in almost 'as new' condition.

Would look good in the back of a Dennis or Thornycroft ;)

 

 

Well, Ian - should you ever decide to move one or two on, then please think of us!

 

Tony

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Just opened up the boxes to find that one of them is full with what looks like 1920s amateur radio equipment ?

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Ian, what an amazing find. I was pretty sure they were 1950's boxes. it just goes to show how little i know on these things. Quite incredible that they have survived in such good condition. Lucky B****r.

 

Tim

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Hi Gary thanks for that info, 3 of them are 1917 & one is either 1915 or 1916 ?

 

Your welcome Ian, I must admit from the photos, I didn't think they would be WW1 era, very nice and rare finds !

Regards Gary

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You know you can go right off some people! A few years back a wooden SAA box cost the MOD £25 each. There is a very precise specification for the wood.

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Well, Ian - should you ever decide to move one or two on, then please think of us!

 

Tony

 

Hi Tony due to their age & condition they will be of no use to me for the intended use as general storage in the Austin.

I was wondering if you boys would like all 4 boxes on permanent loan for display in one of your vehicles ?

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Ian, the inside of the lids appear to have two round holes cut into them. Is this indeed the case? And are the holes a clue as what specifically was originally put into the boxes?

 

John.

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Ian, the inside of the lids appear to have two round holes cut into them. Is this indeed the case? And are the holes a clue as what specifically was originally put into the boxes?

 

John.

 

Hi John thats correct the lids do have some sort of circular recess cut into them & I'm sure somebody on the forum must know that these boxes were used for ?

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Hi Tony due to their age & condition they will be of no use to me for the intended use as general storage in the Austin.

I was wondering if you boys would like all 4 boxes on permanent loan for display in one of your vehicles ?

 

Hi Ian! That is a very kind and generous offer - I will come back to you later by way of a PM if I may!

 

Tony

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Hi Ian! That is a very kind and generous offer - I will come back to you later by way of a PM if I may!

 

Tony

 

Tim is contacting you direct, Ian - and thanks very much once again!

 

Tony

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I've looked through the Handbook below in the hope of finding something.

 

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There were only three instances of stores in wooden crates that contained just two tins. These were for preserved vegetables, oatmeal & fags. Clearly the proportions are all wrong for the size of hole in such a large box.

 

Might it be worth gently sanding the boxes down to see if there are any ASC markings that might give an idea of the general category of stores?

 

There are some categories on pages 3-4 of this:

 

http://hmvf.co.uk/pdf/WAGONS.pdf

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Is that ROD on the bottom. "Railway Operation Department".

 

Tim

 

I think the stamp on the bottom would be the box maker, maybe Royal Ordnance Depot ?

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I think the stamp on the bottom would be the box maker, maybe Royal Ordnance Depot ?

 

Richard - Dinger reckons "Railway Operating Department". The Royal Engineer unit who operated the rail services in France during WW1

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What year did the term "Royal Ordnance Depot" come in as i thought it was "Army Ordnance Depot" with Royal being adopted from 1918. I might be wrong, but someone here will know for sure?

 

Clive, have you got a moment please?

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