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October 2004

A souvenir from The WINCHESTER Store.....

This cartridge pencil was a promotional item from The Winchester Store, a chain of retail stores owned and operated by the Winchester Repeating Arms Company. While these retail stores sold other brands of merchandise, their primary purpose was to insure that Winchester-branded products had a market in the larger cities. The products included a wide array of sporting equipment, cutlery, farm, garden and carpentry tools, household goods, and fishing tackle, in addition to the company's usual firearms, ammunition, and related items. The first of the stores was opened in Providence, Rhode Island in April of 1920, followed by ten additional stores over the next couple of years, all in the Northeast, in cities with populations of 50,000 or more. In August, 1922, after rather lackluster performance, The Winchester Store was merged with the Associated Simmons Hardware Company, giving Winchester access to that company's nationwide network of warehouses and retail outlets. Unfortunately, this move was not enough to ensure the success of Winchester's retail stores program. By early 1924, declining profits had led to the closings of six of the stores, including the one in Providence; by 1929,Winchester management had given up on the concept of retail sales, and The Winchester Store was no more. Because of their relatively short production period, items promoting The Winchester Store are quite collectible and tend to demand high prices. The dealer catalog described the cartridge pencil as being "an exact reproduction of a regular WINCHESTER high power cartridge". This one appears to be a .303 British case, fitted with a hollow round nose nickel bullet jacket into which the pencil is inserted. The headstamp is WINCHESTER  TRADE  MARK; the side of the case is marked "THE  WINCHESTER STORE".


An assortment of .450 Revolver cartridges.....


Here is a group of .450 centerfire revolver cartridges representing production over a number of years and from several different countries. The 1st, 5h and 6th cartridges in the top picture are early examples with two piece cases, the head and case body being riveted together by the primer. On the 1st cartridge, the head is made of steel; on the other two, the heads are brass. The two with the blunt nosed bullets are target loads, examples of which are shown in the Eley advertisement shown in the reproduction to the right. The first three cartridges are unnheadstamped; the remaining cartridges are headstamped as follows: #4 - Georg Egestorff, Linden (Germany), #5 thru #8 - Eley (London) #9 - Marcel Gaupillat (Paris), #10 (lower picture) - Gustav Genschow (Berlin), #11 and #12 - Kynoch (London), #13 and #14 - Remington UMC (made 1912 and later), #15 - R.W.S. (Nurnberg, Germany), #16 - Sellier & Bellot (Prague, Czechoslovakia), UMC (pre-1912), and  V.F.M & C A LEIGE (V. Francotte-May & Company, Leige, Belgium), a gun seller for whom  headstamped ammunition was manufactured, probably by one of the major cartridge makers.      



The .440 Argentine Nagant cartridge........

These three cartridges made by Eley have essentially the same case; only the presence of the headstamps allows for positive identification. The first two are for the .440 Argentine Nagant revolver; the last is for the Smith & Wesson American revolver. The similarity of the cartridges leads me to believe that the Nagant was based on the .44 S&W American. It was introduced in 1871, was one of the first successful centerfire revolver cartridges, and was produced by a number of foreign ammunition makers. All three should chamber with no problems in either of the revolvers.




____bullet____neck____base____rim__case length_overall lgth

 #1:  .439"       .435"       .437"      .503"       .882"        1.460"

.#2:  .430"       .437"       .437"      .501"       .874"        1.400"

 #3:  .443"       .435"       .436       .495"       ..874"       1.415"