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Original Rare WW2 (April 1940 Dated) Empty Wooden Ammunition Box With Metal Line Originally containing 500 Rounds Of .303 Mark VII Ball. O 1282 - O 1282
This is an original and rare WW2 (April 1940 dated) empty wooden ammunition box, originally containing 500 rounds of .303 mark VII ball ammunition in 10 round paper packets. The wooden box retains most of its original green paint, edged with red. The box is complete with its original tinplate liner and has 5 original paper labels on it showing the contents of the box including a Southern Railway transport label. The box is also stenciled in yellow EXD PHD.11.41 . The base of the box is stenciled in yellow CAPT. HOVENDEN CML BUILDINGS GREAT CHARLES STREET BIRMINGHAM . During WW2 the building was the CML Building was the home of the Colonial Mutual Life Assurance building at 148 - 149 Great Charles Street, Birmingham, shown in the photographs. The box has its original closing pin and string which when pulled out allows the lid to slide forward and detach. The box has a copper stranded wire handle which has a leather carrying handle. All metal fittings on the box are non -ferrous and are made of copper and brass including the split pin. The price includes UK delivery. O 1282

Original Rare WW1 Rankin Anti-Zeppelin Explosive Darts 50 Round Ammunition Box O 1281 - O 1281
This is a very rare and original Rankin Anti-Aircraft Explosive Darts ammunition box that contained 50 Rankin darts. The Aerial Anti Zeppelin Ranken Exploding Dart was an air-dropped weapon invented by Commander Francis Ranken of the Royal Navy in 1915 for the purpose of destroying or damaging the German Zeppelins which were attacking Britain at the time. Ranken darts were designed to burst the canvas skin of the balloon, drop inside and when the vanes snagged the canvas. The dart was dropped from a height of up to 700 feet. It was later determined the best altitude to attack the low-flying German zeppelins was between 300 to 400 feet. The Rankin dart was a 1 lb. explosive missile shaped flechette type one-pound bomb) 12long steel-tipped exploding dart with four pivoting vanes at the tail which was commonly carried in packs of 24 darts. These could be dropped individually or all at once. Aircraft equipped with Ranken darts needed to climb above their targets, such as Zeppelins, before dropping them from above. The weapon was put into service in February 1916. Ranken darts became obsolete with the advent of .303 incendiary ammunition fired from Vickers and Lewis guns mounted on fighter aircraft. This substantial well-made box, (measuring 45cm x 26cm x 39cm) is painted black and is strapped round with two steel straps which form part of the hinge for the lid as well as a pin locking joint opposite the hinge. The hinges are held on by brass slotted wood screws. The base of the box is screwed to the sides. The box is stenciled in white on the lid EXPLOSIVE RANKIN DARTS CLASS VI. DIV III FROM MERRICKS & Co ROSTIN FILLED EXAMINED . There is also the number 1494 stenciled on the top right of the lid. Inside the lid is a white paper label 12h by 6h which is part masked by staining which says ANTI-AIRCRAFT DARTS (Ranken) together with handling instructions including these arts must not be tampered and loading instructions (see photo). The price for this very rare WW1 item includes UK delivery. O 1281

WW2 Royal Air Force 20lb Cooper Bomb. O 91 - O 91
A very nice example of a WW2 British High Explosive 20lb Cooper Bomb. An underwing slung HE bomb dropped by the RAF in WW2. Complete with Bomb Fuse, pin, and cover it has original paint and stencilling. In great condition and price includes UK delivery. O 91

Complete, Falklands War Era, Inert Full Weight British WD & NATO Marked Drill Shorts Blowpipe (man-portable surface-to-air missile tube) With High Impact Carry Case & 1976 Dated Transit Case. O 1003 - O 1003
The Shorts Blowpipe is a man-portable surface-to-air missile that was in use with the British Army and Royal Marines from 1975. It was superseded by an interim design, Javelin, and later the Starstreak. The missile would be shipped as a single round in a storage cylinder/firing tube. The aiming unit would be clipped to the launch tube and fired from the operator's shoulder. To reduce the overall size of the container, the rear fins of the missile were stored in the larger diameter cylinder at the front of the tube (this also contained the Yagi antenna for transmitting guidance signals). During firing, the fins slipped onto the rear of the missile as it flies through and are held there by heat-activated adhesive tapes. This gives the launch container a unique shape, seemingly oversized at the front and extremely thin at the rear. Blowpipe were used by both sides during the Falklands War in 1982, with the targets being fast flying aircraft, flying low and using the ground to hide their approach. Blowpipe missiles were also used in the Afghanistan and Gulf War conflicts. This is a superb complete inert, purpose made, WD weighted drill Blowpipe firing tube, with carry and transit cases. The drill Blowpipe tube is weighted to replicate the weight of the live version when loaded with missile and cable. This would allow soldiers the opportunity to train in carrying a full size and weight inert version of the weapon and aiming (when guidance system attached). The tube is marked ‘C0036 DRILL ‘ and is complete with its original green high impact plastic carry case with webbing shoulder and retaining straps and both are contained in its original green high impact transit case with removable lid and clasp fasteners. The transit case and carry case are profusely marked with stenciled British WD marks and NATO stores codes. A WD plate on the transit case is dated ‘1976 ‘ (illustrated inset in image 2 together with an image of a blowpipe missile in use in the field). The Blowpipe is accompanied by an MOD certificate dated 1988 certifying that the Blowpipe is inert/ free from explosives. The blowpipe in its transit case measures 61”x12 ½”x 14”. Due to the size and heavy weight of this item delivery will be by arrangement and at cost. O 1003

WW1 & WW2 Era British WD Royal Navy Battleship Leather, Cork & Canvas Cordite Charge Carrier. Sn 11709 - 11709
An excellent original leather Royal Navy cordite charge carrier. Constructed of Leather, cork and canvas, these carriers were used on Battleships by the Royal Navy prior to, during and after both World Wars to carry the cordite charges for Naval guns. The front has traces of colourful heraldic Arms of Great Britain It has a complete canvas lining & heavy duty leather carry handle which is impressed with WD arrow and letters and numbers (all illustrated). It measures 29 Ύ” in length & 8 ½” diameter. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 11709

Scarce WW2 German Wooden Transit Case For 25 Stuck A.Z.23 umg.m.2V Fuses. Sn. 10900 - 10900
This is a scarce German wooden transit case, with its original waterproof tinplate lining to the sides and bottom used to carry 25 of the A.Z.23 umg.m.2V nose fuses used on the German 88mm high explosive shell. This fuse had 2 delays of 0.15 and 0.20 seconds. This wooden case has the original 1939 dated label on inside of the lid. There are two pairs of black hinges, locking catches and recessed fold out carrying handles fitted to the case. The case measures 14.75” x 17.9” x 7” high.Price includes UK delivery . Sn. 10900

C1900 Early Original 74 x Eley Bro. London Primed 14 Bore Pinfire Shotgun Cartridge Cases (Un-fired). O 884 - O 884
C1900 Early Original 74 x Eley Bro. London primed 14 Bore Pinfire shotgun cartridge cases (Un-fired). The cartrige cases are blue with a head stamp "Eley Bros London 14" and measure 65mm long. The price is for the box or individually priced at £3.00 each with a minimum order of £10. The price includes Uk delivery.

Original Box of 104 x Victorian 16 Bore Blank Pinfire Shotgun Cartridges. O 883 - O 883
An original box of 104 x Victorian 16 Bore Blank Pinfire Shotgun Cartridges. The cartridges are black powder filled and were used in clockwork bird scarer's and shotguns. The cartridges are blue with a "16" head stamp. The box is original and has the original label on the lid with "100 16-bore Pin-fire Blank Cartridges for Automatic Clock Guns To Be Kept Dry" . The price is for the complete box. The price includes Uk delivery.

RARE, WW2 1941 German SD2 (Sprengbombe Dickwandig 2Kg) Anti Personnel Butterfly Bomb. O 859 - O 859 / 9154
The SD2 Butterfly Bomb (or Sprengbombe Dickwandig 2 kg) was a German 2 kilogram anti-personnel submunition used by the Luftwaffe during the Second World War. It was so named because the thin cylindrical metal outer shell which hinged open when the bomblet deployed in flight gave it the superficial appearance of a large butterfly. The design was very distinctive and easy to recognise. SD2 bomblets were not dropped individually, but were packed into containers holding between 6 and 108 submunitions. This is a rare excellent original example of the SD2 Butterfly Bomb. It all of it's original metalwork which has all of it's original metal work including it's sprung wings, fuse and empty explosive canister. It retains most it's original green & yellow paint. The canister is marked by the manufacturer 'Bk' which is the Nazi German war time code for Metall- Walz- u Plattierwerke Hindrichs Auffermann AG, Wuppertal and dated '41' (1941). The alloy fuse cap is marked 'AZ' which is Vereinigte Deutsche Metallwerke AG, Zweigniederlassung Basse u. Selve, Altena. It is also marked 'Zeit' with other small letters and numbers. Price for this rare piece of inert WW2 ordnance includes UK delivery. O 859

Inert, Post 1960's, British, L18 A1, Anti Tank Bar Mine. O 836. - O 836
The L9- L18 High Explosive (HE) Anti Tank (ATK) series of Mines entered British service towards the end of the 1960's. A number of sub-variants of the Mine exist. They were an improvement on the traditional disc shaped Mines as they provided a larger coverage area per mine which allowed a large reduction of the number of mines deployed. The Bar Mines saw service "in anger" with small detachments of Special Forces of the British Army during the Gulf War of 1991. A number were captured from Kuwaiti Army stocks by the Iraqi Army in 1990, who subsequently used by them in the same conflict. It was reported that they disabled a number of M60 Patton tanks and other armoured vehicles belonging to the United States Marine Corps, even those fitted with mine-clearing ploughs. Unless the plough struck the mine squarely in the centre, the mine would often be rotated into a position in which it would blow up the track and front roller of the tank. The British Army has used the Bar Mine as demolition charges, for instance to blow holes in tough compound walls in Afghanistan and Iraq. This is an excellent original inert Bar Mine. The rectangular casing, measuring 47 1/2" x 4" x 3" is made of Brown coloured plastic. The body is embossed at both ends ' Mine ATK HE Blast L18 A1' and marked with original yellow paint 'Empty'. The casing of this example is empty with no inert filler and weighs 2.6 Kilos (when filled the Mine would weigh 11 Kilos). The arming fuse assembley is in place (illustrated). Price includes UK delivery. O 836.
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