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Does anyone know what this object is? The “N” and other markings stamped on it has led me to believe it is naval in origin, but that’s a guess. It’s thick oak, with a brass plate on one side, and is approximately 11 1/2” square. I would be very grateful if someone would identify it, and solve a mystery for me...

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I agree with your summation Hallibag as to it being from the Arsenal - Carriage Department.  The Rod stamped on it may indicate a proofing device for some of the rods used in the the carriage (1926)? The attached may have something as there are 3 parts - Army, Coastal Defense and Naval gun Carriages discussed.  I have only perused the Naval section (Part 3) at the moment and do not recall seeing it, but....

 

cheers

 

Pat

Treatise_on_military_carriages_ W Kemmis 1974.pdf

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1926, breach loader days. Device to hold ready service cartridges, dropped in and stopped by the cartridge rim. Hole in the center used as a holder so the holding plate could be removed and replaced by a different caliber if the Ammo Cart was used for a different sized gun. Don't know, pure speculation. Maybe some evidence of compression on the bottom of the small hole, it may have been set on top of a cylinder and secured, Possible compression showing on the brass plate around the large holes. Hope someone with better research skills can solve the mystery.

 

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On 8/24/2019 at 9:22 PM, BANYAN said:

The attached may have something as there are 3 parts - Army, Coastal Defense and Naval gun Carriages discussed.  I have only perused the Naval section (Part 3) at the moment and do not recall seeing it, but....

 

cheers

 

Pat

Treatise_on_military_carriages_ W Kemmis 1974.pdf 15.65 MB · 1 download

Thank you for this. I will give the Treatise a careful examination!

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