box & 50 cartridges
reinforced brown cardboard box with a yellow label/seal printed in black.
Description: the .310 Greener cartridge was a British 'miniature' centrefire cartridge introduced by Greener in 1900 for target shooting. This rare box was made specially for the 1902 Greener miniature rifle competition at the National Rifle Association ranges at Bisley Camp. One of several such centre-fire cartridges introduced by English gunmakers at a time when there was strong pressure, Governmental as well as unofficial, to inculcate marksmanship among the population at large (in part because of the poor rifle performance by the British army during the Boer War) and public figures such as Field Marshal Lord Roberts, Rudyard Kipling and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle were founding rifle clubs. The Greener brothers were active supporters of the rifle club movement and published, pseudonymously, 'Sharpshooting for Sport and War' in 1900. The .22 Long Rifle rimfire cartridge would rapidly eclipse the various British 'miniature' cartridges, being cheaper, quieter and, at least up to 100 yards, more accurate, but the .310 cartridge was adopted as a cadet round by various Australian states, and therefore maintained its popularity. During the Second World War it was even issued for military purposes to home-based units, loaded with a full metal jacketed bullet.
1) printed on top of label
2) printed on side 1 of label
3) printed on side 2 of label
4) printed on seal on end of box
5) stamped on other end of box
1) 50 CORDITE CARTRIDGES, .310 // FOR THE // "GREENER" COMPETITION // AT // BISLEY, 1902 // Made expressly by Kynoch Ltd., Birmingham, // FOR // W.W. GREENER, // LONDON & BIRMINGHAM
2) W.W. GREENER // ST. MARY'S SQUARE, // BIRMINGHAM // 68 HAYMARKET // LONDON, S.W. // 19 PARAGON STREET // HULL.
3) illustration of sub-1 inch group 10 CONSECUTIVE SHOTS // AT 50 YARDS // WITH // GREENER .310 RIFLE // And // Kynoch Cordite Cartridges.
4) 50 // .310 // CENTRAL-FIRE