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hi guys any idea about this bronze plate

Postby des from down under » 19 Jan 2015 08:42

hi from n/z just joined this site.,.thanks m##k , found this along wiith .577 enfield rounds at an old redoubt which was manned by the 50th regiment in 1864..it has the markings .. B 1864 337 along with the qv and crown and broad arrow its about 60mm long and about 15mm wide on the back is wk and a single w..any thoughts would sure be appreciated,thanks des :?:
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Re: hi guys any idea about this bronze plate

Postby des from down under » 19 Jan 2015 21:09

meant to say the plate is slightly curved and has two projecting lugs on the back, it has W.K and W below maybe the makers name, thanks
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Postby Josh&Historyland » 20 Jan 2015 13:09

In my head a broad arrow means Board of Ordinance, so of that's right, it's something to do with supplies. My best guess would be some kind of tag on a box or something?

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Re: hi guys any idea about this bronze plate

Postby des from down under » 20 Jan 2015 21:10

thanks , the broad arrow features on rifles and bayonets cant see it being on a box as it is curved and 337 is mystifying if it said .577 ahhh that would narrow the field..thanks again for your input,des :wink:
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Postby Josh&Historyland » 22 Jan 2015 01:47

No probs Des, sorry I couldn't be more specific. I think a plate or tag like this could be secured by wire. Would 337 caliber (if it is a caliber) be considered ammo for a pistol? Maybe officer stuff.

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Postby A.Roads » 23 Jan 2015 07:27

Hi des, an interesting item. It does not pertain to small arms & will have something to do with stores. The broad arrow means that it was Govt property. I doubt that it is artillery ordnance related, nor related to a horse drawn cart, wagon, limber or gun carriage etc - as plates on those tended to include greater detail. I tend to agree with Josh in that it will be a supply item. A likely candidate will that it has come from a container of perishable goods, like food stuffs, perhaps identifying a barrel of salted meat, butter, loose powder, ammunition barrel, or any of many items, whereby the number might match a ledger identifying who supplied it & when, when & where issued, etc.

The bases of the projectiles you found should have 4 small broad arrows on the rim, plus a number right up inside the base, if they are R.L. (Royal Laboratory) made, which is where their ammunition was made.
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Postby des from down under » 26 Jan 2015 02:27

thanks for the last two replies , both josh and adrian..guess its there somewhere..regards des
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Postby des from down under » 26 Jan 2015 05:46

hi, this is the backside of plate..,regards des
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