mystical seams

 
Having restored quite a few vintage brass shells of different makers, I came to the conclusion that it's time to bring some light into the myth of the "seamless" shells.
Although expecially the Lud&Lud heavy brass shells are rumored to be seamless spun (i.e. without a VERTICAL seam) by many collectors...
 
They are NOT!
 
All the shells that I had in my hands were first rolled, brazed and then spun - thus, a VERTICAL seam is visible inside the shell. Sometimes it is just hidden very well underneath the plating and not immediately visible.
 
see below for some examples:
 
5x14 Ludwig & Ludwig two-piece heavy brass shell 20s - two halves rolled and spun -
joined at the center bead with the vertical seams opposed.
5x15 Ludwig & Ludwig two-piece heavy brass shell 20s - two halves rolled and spun -
joined at the center bead with the vertical seams opposed.
 
4x14 Ludwig & Ludwig two-piece heavy brass shell 20s - two halves rolled and spun -
joined at the center bead with the vertical seams opposed.
 
6.5x14 Ludwig (Conn era) one-piece brass shell 30s - Silver Anniversary - rolled and spun
6x14 LEEDY Black Elite one-piece brass shell 20s - rolled and spun
6,5x14 SLINGERLAND one-piece brass shell 20s - rolled and spun
6,5x14 SLINGERLAND one-piece Radio King brass shell - mid 30s - rolled and spun