box of sample dummy 12 bore cartridges, 'Opex'. Bonax', Kynoid' and 'Primax', Kynoch
Description: dark blue cardboard box with silver lettering, containing four dummy shotgun cartridges, each with pierced primer, three paper cased, one a paper case 'ejector' cartridge with external thin brass 'skin', red top wad printed in black.
Description: rare salesman's box of sample Kynoch 12 bore shotgun cartridges from the 1893-1919 period, almost certainly pre-dating the First World War. The 'Opex' was an expensive, very good quality 'ejector' case which was available in most bore sizes from 4 to 20. The 'Kynoid' was Kynoch's 2nd quality game cartridge (the 'Grouse' was the top quality). The 'Primax' was the 3rd quality case and the 'Bonax' the 4th quality. Kynoch also produced a 5th quality case, the 'Tellax', loaded with just under 1 ounce of shot (the normal game load at this time was 11/8th ounce), 'Introduced to meet cheap competition of foreign rubbish that has been sold in this country. The Shooter who buys a cheaper round than this does so at the risk of lozing (sic) eye or finger.'
1) box lid
2) headstamp (paper cased cartridges)
3) headstamp ('ejector' cartridge)
4) top wad (all)
5, 6 & 7) printed on side of case