75 mm Krupp BL Segment and Shrapnel Shells
The bases of two OVS 75 mm Krupp BL shells - segment on the left and shrapnel on the right. The segment shell was picked up by Lieut. Hugh Steuart Gladstone at Christiana, and the shrapnel base is from Kimberley.
Both were brought home during the conflict, so have not suffered from corrosion. The rough nature of the surface of the left-hand example reflects the fact that the cast iron of the segment shell has not been machined. The base of the shrapnel shell, on the other hand, has been finished with a lathe.
Each has an inspection mark on the central base plug in the form of a monogram. These at first appeared to be the same, but, on closer examination, I believe the segment shell stamp reads "AG" and that on the shrapnel round "MG".
In this image of the Kimberley shrapnel shell the edge of the base plug is just visible between the "MG" inspection stamp and the numeral "II", where it cuts through another small mark. A barely discernible hollow indicates where the plug has been finished with a lathe, a process that has also shaved away part of the figure "8". This shows that at least some of the base stamps were added before the shell was completed.
More on base plugs and the manufacture of segment shells
The cast markings on the base of the segment shell are much less distinct, with only the punched inspection mark having any clarity.
A second pair of 75 mm Krupp BL segment and shrapnel shells, showing the same characteristics, but with different production/inspection marks.
Krupp Segment Shells
75 mm Krupp BL segment and shrapnel shells side by side. Both brought home as trophies by Lieut. Hugh Steuart Gladstone, 3rd Bn. King's Own Scottish Borderers. The former picked up at Christiana, the latter from Magersfontein.