Purchasing Artillery Shells?

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Purchasing Artillery Shells?

Post by nate57star » 06 Mar 2009 05:33

Greetings, all. I'm new to this forum (just joined today), and I'm also fairly new to collecting Third Reich militaria. I mostly deal with paper items and documents, but I would like to start building up a collection of artillery/shells. I've looked on Ebay, and at several militaria websites, but nobody seems to be selling shells. Where would I go to purchase such items? Sorry if this is a dumb question, I just do not know. Can they be bought legally? Because I can't find anyone selling them. Any advice would be helpful. Thanks!

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Re: Purchasing Artillery Shells?

Post by John G. » 06 Mar 2009 14:46

nate57star,
Keep checking Military/Gun shows, as well as established dealer web sites and local antique shops....and you'll eventually start finding artillery shells.....of course, more often than not....you're talking shell caseing (no head).....especially the larger calibers (since the heads were so heavy) and were "shot away".....small sizes often have heads (projectiles) but always make sure they've been unloaded (empty) and the primers removed or fired.

Durning WW 1 (and to lesser degree in WW2), many shell casings were turned into engraved "Trench Art".....some simple and some real works of art.....these make great collectibles, and normal artillery shells, grenades, mortar rds, & AAA rounds are also widely collected......and are quite expensive when you start getting into the scarcer types. US, Brit., & French are cheaper, of course....but German & Japanese (and others, too) command top dollar for the good stuff.

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Re: Purchasing Artillery Shells?

Post by nate57star » 06 Mar 2009 15:15

John G:

Yeah, I've come across some "trench art", and it never really interested me too much. I imagine gun shows/militaria shows will be my best bet. Thanks for the help, man. Grace and Peace.

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Re: Purchasing Artillery Shells?

Post by Laurence Strong » 06 Mar 2009 20:08

Here's an 8cm Mortar round

http://www.germanmilitaria.com/Heer/photos/H49253.html


Not sure how easy getting it across the 49th parallel will be though.

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Re: Purchasing Artillery Shells?

Post by tommy303 » 10 Mar 2009 22:47

You might check out

http://www.wk2ammo.com/

the forum has for sale and wanted sections. Much is in German but you can freely post an English inquiry.

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Re: Purchasing Artillery Shells?

Post by nate57star » 11 Mar 2009 16:16

Thanks, Tommy!

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Re: Purchasing Artillery Shells?

Post by su9cut » 21 Apr 2009 15:58

You can find a couple here also

http://www.military-antiques-stockholm.com/

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Re: Purchasing Artillery Shells?

Post by tmartin » 24 Apr 2009 12:28

You need to go to www.militaryantiquesmuseum.com. They have a ton of german grenades, shells, and much more!
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Re: Purchasing Artillery Shells?

Post by Elsbeth » 23 Nov 2017 15:02

How do I know how much my casing is worth? It’s 1942

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Re: Purchasing Artillery Shells?

Post by Waleed Y. Majeed » 23 Nov 2017 17:22

I too have collected brass casings for ages.
Mostly pre 1945. Later are easy to come by
here in Denmark and do not have much interest.
I know the army used to sell 105mm casings
as souvenirs (got 3).
Only restriction here in DK, they MUST be made useless by drilling a (I think) minimum 4mm hole in the base. Most of mine have been bought
at second hand/antique dealers at low cost,
(more or less the price of brass).

Of interest here would be the:
210mm mörser, 1941
5 inch Mk5, 1945
88mm Flak18 w/Skoda plug, 1938
25 Pounder, 1941
2 x 75mm (short, maybe Italian), ????
and (longer, maybe french), ????
40mm British, 1944
and some smaller + other artillery
related items.

w

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