28th Jun, 2023 10:30 GMT/BST

Militaria & Ethnographica

  Lot 83


A Boer War Brass Shell Case Dinner Gong, the shell case engraved "This is the case of the shell that exploded the magazine at the relief of Ladysmith, Febry. 28th 1900", suspended from a fret cut brass pediment joining a pair of ring engraved brass cylindrical pillars supported on a walnut oblong plinth, 49.5cm high, with a striker.

Footnote :- The fact that the shell case is engraved "Magazine" implies that it could possibly be naval. Sailors would refer to an ammunition store as a "magazine", soldiers referred to one as an "ammunition dump/store". Magazines were very problematic during naval engagements in the Great war. A number of British capital ships were lost when direct hits were scored on their magazines. Many Royal Navy ships contributed men and heavy guns for land use in South Africa. This shell case is possibly from a projectile fired by a 4.7 inch naval gun mounted for field service on land. There were some with the Ladysmith Relief Force.

Sold for £170
Estimated at £100 - £200


Auction: Militaria & Ethnographica, 28th Jun, 2023

An interesting and varied sale including a Collection of Prussian and German Pickelhauben, and various pieces of Second World War British military headgear, cap badges, air weapons, antique firearms, and pistols. Highlights of the sale include a Rare First World War Tank Driver's Leather Helmet, a Mid-17th Century German Wheel-lock Sporting Gun, and a 19th Century Asmat "Ndambirkus" Ancestor Skull, New Guinea. 


Tuesday 27th June 10am-5pm and the morning of the sale from 8am

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