Description: 2 3/4" buff paper-cased, high brass cartridge with rolled turnover. There is one black band around the case. The head is brass-plated steel. White top wad. Loaded with No. 5 lead shot.
Description: 'Black bands' were used for cartridges for civilian sale to mark flawed cartridges sold as seconds. The number of rings was used to identify the level of reject. 'II I.C.I.' may indicate a second quality cartridge. The combination of headstamp and top wad markings (the latter indicate that the cartridge is loaded with 'Smokeless Diamond', a powder made by Curtis & Harvey) indicates manufacture between the late 1920s and 1930s. English No. 5 shot is 2.79 mm in diameter, with 220 pellets to the ounce. It is a popular size for general game shooting and rabbit and pigeon control. The 28 bore is a light cartridge with a load of 3/4 ounce of shot, for which light and fast handling shotguns may be built. These are popular with the young, the old and expert shots seeking an additional challenge.
2) printed on top wad
3) printed in red on case
1) ELEY-KYNOCH // 12 // ICI logo // 12
2) SMOKELESS // 5 // four diamonds in lozenge shape
3) II I.C.I.and black band