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World War Two216 of 1032British WWII early steel Dispatch riders steel helmet 1942.Husband In The Service Celluloid pin.
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Posted 1 year ago


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My mom bought this for me from an Estate Sale in La Jolla California. Neither one of us had any idea what she had purchased, until I saw some of the posts from Scott... I believe she paid $25 ($20 less than what it was selling for). Any help identifying this would be highly appreciated it.


  1. scottvez scottvez, 1 year ago
    Looks like WW2 era trench art made from a Navy shell, most likely made on a shipboard shop.

    Check the other pennies for dates. If the others are similar dates then it was made much later. If others are WW2 dates, then the "1970" is probably a replacement.

  2. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 1 year ago
    I have a number of these, I keep my pennies in them, although it would be so hard to date them precisely or find out where they were made.
  3. DrFluffy DrFluffy, 1 year ago
    Thanks Scott... Just stored it away, will look next time I am in the boxes!
  4. scottvez scottvez, 1 year ago
    Let me know what you find out-- and we can probably put a pretty good bracket on year of manufacture of your trench art!

  5. DrFluffy DrFluffy, 1 year ago
    Phil thank you for the comment and loves.

    Scott, will do. I'll see if I can get the hubby to help. I have a bad lower back and can't lift heavy boxes...
  6. Bootson Bootson, 1 year ago
    I am not an expert on artillery shells. This one is obviously for a 5 inch gun but I wonder why it says 38 cal.
    I suppose the word 'SALUTING' designates this round was for ceremonial use and had no projectile.
  7. DrFluffy DrFluffy, 1 year ago
    Thanks Bootson for the info.
    Thanks pops and Manikin for the loves.
  8. scottvez scottvez, 1 year ago
    It comes from a 5"/ 38 caliber USN gun. For USN guns, the first # represents the bore and the second the length of the barrell in multiples of the bore.

    So a 5"/ 38 cal gun would have a 5" bore and a barrel length of 190".

    I would agree that a saluting round has no projectile.

    This type of gun was used in the USN from the 1930s- 1990s (not sure of the exact date).

    Because of its long use (and corresponding use of rounds), the 1970s could be an accurate date of the piece. The date of the pennies may help in making a determination.

  9. DrFluffy DrFluffy, 1 year ago
    Thanks for the additional info Scott
  10. DrFluffy DrFluffy, 1 year ago
    Thank you Sean, Phil, pops52, Manikin, petey, Scott, Walksoftly and Kevin for all the loves.
  11. DrFluffy DrFluffy, 1 year ago
    Thank you Kerry
  12. DrFluffy DrFluffy, 1 year ago
    Thank you HW.
  13. DrFluffy DrFluffy, 1 year ago
    thanks Van
  14. DrFluffy DrFluffy, 1 year ago
    Thank you GC and officialfuel...
  15. DrFluffy DrFluffy, 1 year ago
    Thank you Lundy

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