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Canada, & United Kingdom



DOMINION CARTRIDGE Company (all were paper except where denoted with * which is brass)
DC CO: 1886 - 1911, used both DC and Dominion headstamps.
Dominion Cartridge Company (Canadian Industries Ltd.): 1911-1955, used DC Co. Headstamps and Dominion headstamps.
C.I.L: (Canadian Industries LTD) 1955-1976, used C.I.L headstamps
IVI: 1977 to  1998, IVI headstamps
1998-2006: Challenger, Imperial Headstamps

2010+ Imperial Canada headstamps now used by Aurora Enterprises who now owns the Imperial brand name


DC Co. No *

DC Co. Canuck (1913-1955)
DC Co. Colony (export to Newfoundland 1918-1927)
DC Co. Crown (1907-?)

DC Co. Empire (for Nobel)

DC Co. Eureka (1892-?)

DC Co. Falcon (1918-1927)
DC Co. Imperial


DC Co. Meteor

DC Co. Regal



DC Co. Sovereign

DC Co. Trap


DC Co. Vulcan


Dominion Canuck

Approx. 1920's-1940's, made in Canada on 1935's-1950's


Dominion Crown

Approx. 1920's-1940's, made in Canada on 1935-1950's


Dominion Empty

Approx. 1920's-1940's, made in Canada on 1935-1950's


Dominion Export

Circa 1935-1950's

Dominion Falcon

Dominion Industrial (8 ga)


Dominion Imperial 

Approx. 1920's-1940's, made in Canada on 1935-1950's


Dominion Maxum

Dominion Meteor

Dominion Old Colony

Dominion Regal

Dominion Setter

Dominion Sovereign

Dominion Trap
Dominion Vulcan


(export to Colombia)

Eatonia (Made for Eatons Department Stores, 1924 -?)



(export to Argentina)



(export to Brazil)

HB (made for the Hudsons Bay Company, 1928) Hudsons Bay Co.

JC Higgins Canada

Circa 1940's-1950's

JC Higgins Sportload (USA & Canada through Sears)

Circa 1940's-1950's

JC Higgins Xtra- Range (USA & Canada through Sears)

Circa 1940's-1950's


Nimrod (1886-1896)

Nobels DC Co. Ballistite
 Woodwards (department Stores, 1958-1961)


  CIL Industries (1955-1976) and IVI (Successors to Dominion)



Used on shotshells made for other companies like Ace, Mcleods, Stedmans Dept stores etc.


CIL Canuck

CIL Maxum


CIL Imperial


CIL Trap


Meteor (by CIL)

IVI Canuck
IVI Imperial





Supreme Smokeless


2010+ Imperial Canada headstamps now used by Aurora Enterprises

Imperial Canada

Munitions Challenger

since 1996.

Score Canada

Superior Canada (SNC Lavalin)


ELEY Bros. Ltd (Winnipeg, Canada)

Eley Canada
Eley Bros. Canada
Eley Bros. Can


It is assumed that the hulls were purchased from other Companies and loaded by this Company.  You will notice many Eley and Winchester names used by this maker. Primers were DC Co. or Eley.




Prince of Wales
HSA Express
HSA Repeater
HSA Grand Prix
HSA Arrow
HSA Crimson
HSA, Eley


WEST CAN Industries (Okotoks, Alberta)
Plastic 1 piece hulls like Activ some had metal ring on head around plastic (1959-1966)



Super XL
Comet XL

Comet II


VARIOUS Other Canadian Companies

Colonial (Colonial Ammunition Co.)
E.C Boyd (Simcoe, Ontario)
Gevelot Canada

In business from 1961-1973. Set up by Gevelot, France.

H Short & Sons (Victoria, BC)
Ketchum & Co. (Ottawa, Ontario)
Kilby (Ralph Kilby, Montreal)*

Larievere Hardware Co. (Montreal)
Montreal Cartridge Co. (T.W Boyd)



Starke (Starke Powder Co.)

Starke Powder Co. (Toronto, Ontario)

T. Costen & Co. (Montreal, Quebec)
Nobel Glasgow Made in Canada



T.W Boyd (Hardware Chain in Montreal, Quebec)

Western Super-X

Western Xpert  

Y&S Co




(Thanks to Jim Buchanan, Mike, Finn and Rene Polman who provided many English photo's on this page)

1824 to present


E in Shield London (raised)

Circa 1870's

E ** London (raised).

Circa 1860's.

3 stars London (raised).

Circa 1860's.

E Crown. Circa 1860's-1870's.

EB dots London.

Circa: 1860's-1874.

E.B. London (raised).

Circa: 1866-1874.

EB Schultze. Circa 1870's

EB in shield Eley London.

Circa 1904-1920's

Eley London. Circa 1896-1920's.

Eley London dots.

Circa 1896-1920's.


Eley London asterisks.

Circa 1896-1920's.


Eley London (Top)

Eley London (Raised)

Eley London Damp proof

Eley Ejector


Eley Eley (Modern marking)


Eley Gastight.

Circa 1926-post WW2

Eley London Gastight.

Circa 1926-post WW2

Eley NI London.

NI is for Nobel Industries of

Scotland. Circa 1920's.

Eley Bros London (raised).

Circa 1866-1874


Eley Bros London (Impressed).

Circa 1866-1874


Eley Nobel dots (punt shell)

Circa 1924-1927)

Eley Nobel.

Circa 1924-1927



Eley Nitro Ball

Eley Pegamoid Waterproof.

Circa 1895-1904.

Eley Ejector.

Circa 1906-1920's.

Eley Rocket

E *R Eley.London




Eley's Ejector.

Circa 1906-1920's.


Eley's Ejector London.

Circa 1906-1920's.


Eley's Express


Eley's Grand Prix



Eley Kynoch


Eley-Kynoch ICI




Eley for Explosifs Clermont


H C S NY Eley London



A&N.C.S. LTD Eley London

A&N.C.S. London


A Conyers Eley London

Adkins & Son Bedford Eley

A Sanders Maidstone Eley


Agnew & Son Eley Exeter

Armstrong Newcastle Eley

 Armstrong & Co Newcastle upon Tyne Eley


Army & Navy C.S Ltd Eley

Army & Navy C.S Ltd Bombay

Atkin 2 Jermy NSLSW Eley


Bond Thetford Eley


Burrow Preston Eley

Burrow. Preston & Carlisle


Beesley London Eley

C Lancaster Eley's Ejector

Carr Brothers Huddersfield Eley


Cogswell & Harrison Ld Eley

Cogswell made their own cases

and also had some made

by both Eley & Kynoch.

Cox & Son Southampton Eley

Cox & Son Southampton


Crockhart Stirling Eley

Curtis's & Harvey LTD London


Curtis's & Harvey LTD London

EBL logo

Curtis's & Harvey LTD London


Dickson & Son Edinburgh Eley

Extra Deep Gastight

Fawcett Kirby Londsdale Eley


Greenfields & Storrington Eley

H Jones Wrexham Eley

Hodgson Ripon Eley

Hodgson Ripon


Holland & Holland Nitro Paradox Eley

Holland & Holland  Paradox Eley

Holland & Holland Eley

Holland & Holland


Hooton & Jones Liverpool Eley

J Graham & Son Edinburgh Eley

J Graham & Co Inverness  Eley


F. Joyce

Joyce London

(Joyce was purchased by Eley

in 1910)




Joyce & Co London

Joyce Ltd

Joyce London Importe


J.D Dougall & Sons Glasgow Eley

J. Harkom & Sons Edinburgh Eley


J Purdy & Son's Eley London


J Purdey & Sons Eley Ejector

Purdey & Sons London Eley

J Swinfen Maidstone Eley


James Kirkayr Eley

Jeffery Plymouth Eley

Jeffery Guildford Eley

Lang London Eley

Maleham Scheffield & London



Morrow Halifax Eley

Millburn Brampton Eley

Monarch Gun Works London Eley


Newton Manchester Eley

Richardson Barnard Castle Eley

 Ramsbottom Manchester Eley

S Corte Genova Eley London

(Made in Italy)

Smith & Sons Newark Eley

T Bland & Sons Eley

T Bland & Sons London


W.J Jeffery & Co Ltd London

E (Eley)

Also Cases without Eley shown

further below

W. Powell & Son BIRMm Eley

W.R Pape Newcastle Eley

West & Son Retford Eley


Westley Richards & Co Eley

Westley Richards Birmingham


Westley Richards Super

Magnum Explora

Westley Richards


Williams & Powell L'Pool Eley






Kynoch &  Company

G.K London


Kynoch stars.

Circa 1890's to 1918


Kynoch stars (Raised).

Circa 1885-1900.


Circa 1890's to 1918

Kynoch Birmingham

Bevelled Head.

Circa 1890's - 1910's.


Kynoch Birmingham

Kynoch Black.

Circa 1890's to 1918


Kynoch Bonax ETL.

Circa 1918-1920


Kynoch C.B.

Circa 1910's

Kynoch England.

Circa 1910's


Kynoch Gastight.

Circa 1900-1918.


Kynoch Grouse.

Circa 1910's

Kynoch Nitro-Ball.

Circa 1910's



Kynoch Nobel

Kynoch Nobel.

Circa 1922-1927


Kynoch NI Birmingham

Nobel's Ballistite.

Circa 1922-1927

Kynoch N.I. Birmingham

(NI is Nobel Industries,Scotland).

Circa 1920-1922


Kynoch Paradox


Kynoch Patent.

Circa 1898 - 1911

Kynoch Patent Grouse Ejector.

Circa 1898-1920's

Kynoch Patent Opex.

Circa 1910's



Kynoch Perfect Birmingham.

Circa 1910's

Kynoch Birmingham Perfect.

Circa 1910's.


Kynoch Primax ETL.

Circa 1918-1920

Kynoch Waterproof.

Circa 1910's


Kynoch Birmingham

Witton Cartridge



Kynoch & Co Birmingham

(raised). Circa 1890's

Kynoch's Patent.

Circa 1882-1898.



Kynoch's Patent Grouse

Cartridge No 2090.

Circa 1898-1920's

Kynoch's Grouse Patent

No 2090.

Circa 1898-1920's


Kynoch's Patent W.W

Greener Birmingham.

Circa 1882-1898.

A.J Jewson Halifax Kynoch

Baker London Kynoch's

Patent Grouse No 2090.

Circa 1910's

Boss & Co London Kynoch


C. Boswell 126 Strand Kynoch

Cogswell & Harrison Kynoch's

Patent Grouse

Cogswell made their own cases

and had some made by both Eley

and Kynoch.


Daintith Warrington Kynoch

Daintith Warrington


Dixon & Co Birmingham Kynoch

Dixon & Co Aston Kynoch


Hardy Bros LTD Alnwick



J Blanch & Sons London

Kynoch Patent Grouse Ejector

J Lang & Son Grouse Ejector

London Kynoch Patent

J Ribgy & Co London.

Kynoch's Patent Grouse


J. Woodward & Sons Kynoch

Johnson & Wright LTD

Northampton Kynoch

Linsley Bros Leeds &

Brantford Kynoch's Patent

Grouse Ejector



Marriage & Co, Reigate

(Photo by David Gadzada)

Monk Chester Kynoch's

Patent Grouse Ejector

Normal Powder Co Kynoch's

Patent Grouse Ejector

Pape Newcastle & Sunderland


R. Robinson - Hull- Kynoch

R.T Hodgson Harrogate Kynoch



S Grant Kynoch London

S Jackson Kynoch Nottingham



Smythe Darlington Kynoch

Venables & Son Oxford Kynoch

V.L &D New York Kynoch


W. Evans London Kynoch

W. Evans London Kynoch

W Griffith Manchester

Kynoch's Patent Grouse Ejector


Williams & Powell Liverpool

Kynoch's Patent Grouse Ejector

Weston Brighon & Hallsham



W.J Jeffery & Co London

Also has cases made by others

listed in General section below.



Hull Cartridge Company

Hull Cartridge Co.

Hull Cartridge

Hull Cartridge Co. Ltd



Nobel's Empire

Nobel's-Empire N

Nobel's Empire EB shield on bottom (Photo by John Oliver)


Nobel's Ballistite Eley.

Circa 1898 - 1914.

Nobel Ejector N



Nobel's Ballistite EBL Logo.

Circa 1898 - 1914.

Nobel's Ballistite EBL Logo dots. Circa 1898 - 1914.

Nobel's Ballistite N.

Circa 1898 - 1914.

Eley NI London:

NI is for Nobel Industries Scotland.

Circa 1920's.

Nobel's U.M.C. Co. Ballistite

(Made for Nobel, UK)



Kynoch N.I. Birmingham

(NI is Nobel Industries, Scotland)




Nobel Glasgow

Nobel-Glasgow N

Kynoch Nobel

Kynoch Nobel.

Circa 1922-1927

Kynoch NI Birmingham

Nobels Ballistite.

Circa 1922-1927


D Fraser & Son Edinburgh


Daniel Fraser & Son Edinburgh Eley

D.Gray & Co Inverness Eley



Horton Glasgow Eley

Horton Glasgow


J Harkom & Son Edinburgh


J Graham & Co Inverness



A Allan Glasgow

C Playfair & Co Aberdeen

Dickson Edinburgh

Dougall Glasgow


MacPherson Inverness

McNaughton Edinburgh Eley

McNaughton Edinburgh-Perth


Pneumatic Edinburgh





Braddel & Son Belfast

Hunter & Son Belfast

Kavanagh & Sons Dublin

Truelock & Harriss Dublin



(Thanks to Jim Buchanan, Mike and Rene Polman who provided many photo's on this page)


Cogswell & Harrison (1896-1938)

Cogschultze was a subsidiary of Cogswell and Harrision formed in 1911. Name is for Cogswell & Garrison and Schultz Powder.

Cogschultz London. Circa 1911-1920.



CHMC (Cogswell & Harrison Manufacturing Company) made for W. Varley Hull. Circa 1910.


CHMC (Cogswell & Harrison Manufacturing Company) Schultze London.Circa 1910.

Cogswell El Harrison (Possibly made for France or Spain). Circa 1897-1900's.

Cogswell & Harrison Ld. Circa 1897-1900's.


Cogswell & Harrison London.Circa 1924-1932.

14mm was 1912 only

Cogswell & Harrison. Circa 1897-1900's.

Circa 1897-1924



Cogswell & Harrison Kynoch's case

Cogswell & Harrison Eley's case




Blue Dot = Picture by Rene Polman


Modern British Snap Caps. Someusing old Gun Makers trade names



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