Brass case measuring 47x377R and dated 1936 used in the British Royal Navy 3Pdr QF Hotchkiss Defence Guns. The 3Pdr was the first "Quick Firing" gun to be adopted by the British Armed Services, "quick firing" meaning having a rapid-acting breech mechanism and metal cased fixed round of ammunition. Originally used as Naval weapons they were soon taken into use by Coast Artillery as an anti-torpedo-boat gun. Used in both world wars, this example is dated 1936 and has the following headstamps "3Pr IV /| Lot249 RL N 1936" with various other acceptance stamps and a distinct "Broad Arrow" stamp. The screw-in primer is a No15 which is empty and without any internal parts. Also used by the British Merchant Navy in convoy protection work. Remained in RN service until the 1950's as a sub-calibre training barrel for heavier guns. A "working" example can still be seen in Edinburgh Castle, Scotland marking the 1pm time signal. Overall, body is in fine shiny brass condition with no major dents, however, the case neck does have a single crack (5th image above, arrowed). Despite this crack the case mouth is not stretched and will still tightly grip a 3Pdr projectile in the correct position. Overall this is a nice case.
Condition as per images above. Second Class postage to a mainland UK postcode will be £3.50.
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