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RARE, INERT, WW2 1943 British Special Forces, No.82-1 Gammon Bomb/ Grenade By Metal Box Co, Nottinghamshire, England & British Vacuum Cleaner Co, Goblin Works, Surrey With Original All-Ways Fuse Tape & Fabric. Sn 10438 - 10438
Designed by Capt. R.S. Gammon MC of the 1st Parachute Regiment, the Gammon bomb was developed as a replacement for the temperamental and highly dangerous "sticky bomb" grenade. It consisted of an elasticized stockingette bag made of dark coloured material, a metal cap, and an 'All-ways ', the same fuze as found in the No. 69 grenade and No. 73 Grenade. Unlike conventional grenades, the Gammon bomb was flexible in the amount and type of munition that could be delivered to a target. For anti-personnel use, a small amount of plastic explosive (about half a stick), along with shrapnel-like projectiles if available, would be placed in the bag. However, against armoured fighting vehicles or other armoured targets, the bag could be completely filled up with explosives, making an unusually powerful grenade which could only be thrown safely from behind cover. Using the Gammon bomb was very simple. After filling the stockingette bag with explosive, the screw-off cap was removed and discarded. Removing the screw-off cap revealed a stout linen tape wound around the circumference of the fuze. The linen tape had a curved lead weight on the end. While holding the lead weight in place with one finger (to prevent the linen tape from unwinding prematurely) the grenade was then thrown at the target. When the Gammon grenade was thrown, the weighted linen tape automatically unwrapped in flight, pulling out a retaining pin from the fuze mechanism. Removal of the retaining pin freed a heavy ball-bearing and striker inside the fuze, which was then held back from the percussion cap only by a weak creep spring. In this manner the Allways fuze became armed in flight. Impact with the target gave the heavy ball-bearing a sharp jolt - overcoming the weak resistance of the creep spring - that slammed the striker against the percussion cap. The percussion cap fired directly into the adjacent detonator, which in turn sent a violent shockwave into the main explosive filling contained inside the stockingette bag. Detonation of a Gammon grenade was instantaneous on impact with the target, i.e. there was no time-delay. Gammon bombs were primarily issued to special forces such as paratroopers who were issued plastic explosive routinely. These units found the Gammon bomb to be particularly useful due to its small size and weight when unfilled, as well as its adaptability. Gammon bombs were declared obsolete in the early 1950s, at which point all existing stocks were destroyed. This excellent original rare example of the Gammon Bomb has it's original fabric 'bag' with elasticated draw cord contained within a stitched hem. The material of the dark brown bag is clean and intact. The steel neck of the fuse holder is marked in original black paint 'No.82-1' together with '6MB' which is the WW2 British Manufacturer's code for Metal box Co, Barringer Wallis & Manners, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, England above '5/43' (May 1943 date). It has it's original screw off Bakelite cap the inside of which is stamped 'S.22' which is the code for The British Vacuum Cleaner Co, Goblin Works, Surrey, England. It's original All-Ways weighted fuse cord is present, complete and ink stamped with what appears to be '3KX'. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 10438
1,200.00

INERT, WW2 Danish Haanbombe Model 1923 (German Handgranate 343d) M23 Defensive Hand Grenade. Sn 10439 - 10439
This is a rare, inert, WW2 Era Danish Haanbombe Model 1923. After German occupation in 1940 production of the grenades continued under the German designation Handgranate 343d. 2 colour schemes have been found on these grenades. The most common observed is grey with a black band. Rarely observed is the yellow colour of this example which has been seen on M23 grenades made between 1940 and 1945. This grenade is excellent and undamaged. It has a steel body with 2 steel ribs and has it's original yellow paint. It has a steel wire lever, brass lever retaining lug and brass end/ fuse caps. The body has 2 very small holes drilled into the body casing. The body has an original small red paint 12 pointed star containing a letter 'K' together with a string of 8 indented 'dots'. Each dot is applied by armourer's at each reloading cycle when fuses are changed. The dots indicate that this grenade was load recycled 8 times. Price for this rare WW2 Danish/ German occupation grenade includes UK delivery. Sn 10439
345.00

RESERVED RESERVED Inert French Pattern 1914 Bracelet Ball Grenade With Complete Friction Fuse. Sn O 907 - O 907
This is an INERT non dig-up WWI French M1914 bracelet grenade used by the French Army in WW1. The grenade body is of cast iron body with a brass screw in primer and friction fuse assembly. The top of the fuse retains the original wooden casing cover to protect the friction and is in excellent condition. The copper friction igniter retains the lanyard loop. Price includes UK Delivery. Sn. O 907
195.00

UNAVAILABLE WW2 1945 Dated Mills No.36M MK 1,Hand Grenade (Fallows & Bates Manchester). O 881. - O 881
This is an excellent, original, inert, WW2, Mills No.36M MK 1, hand and rifle grenade. The 36M refers to the pattern of Grenade-36- and M originally 'Mesopotania' and the fact they were waterproofed. It has it's laquered finish, lever, spring and striker. The alloy base plug is dated '45' (1945) and 'OPB' together with 'No 36M MK I' Model detail, 'C' and 'Z' which indicates Zinc components. The inside of the grenade is also stamped 'Z' and '45' (1945). The lever is stamped 'FB' which is 'Fallows & Bates, Manchester'. Price includes UK delivery. O 881
0.00

Rare, Original WW2 1943 British No. 75 Hawkins MK 1 Anti Tank Mine/ Grenade. O 878 - O 878
Commonly known as the Hawkins grenade this ordnance was introduced in June 1942 and designed primarily as an anti tank mine which could be thrown under the tracks of advancing tanks or thin skinned vehicles. This is an excellent, rare original, inert example made of tin plate with a short neck with tin scew cap. On one of the flat sides is soldered the double detonator holder formed from tin plate. The Grenades were filled with Nobel's explosive No.4 with 4 exploders or Burrowite (Barium Nitrate/TNT and Aluminium). See Pages 1678-69 of the Book Grenade by Landers. The front of the grenade flask is crisply marked 'No.75' above 'I' and by the manufacturer 'B.C. Co' together with date '5/43' (May 1943). It retains most of it's original olive green paint. These rare grenades were featured in the hit WW2 themed Movie 'Saving Private Ryan'. Price for this rare original nicely marked grenade includes UK delivery
975.00

WW2 1944 Dated Mills No.36M MK1, Hand Grenade Marked 'MLd'. Sn 9158 - 9158
This is an excellent, original, inert, WW2, Mills No.36M MK 1, hand and rifle grenade. The 36M refers to the pattern of Grenade-36- and M originally 'Mesopotania' and the fact they were waterproofed. It has it's original laquered finish, lever, spring and striker. The alloy base plug is dated '44' (1944) and 'WDC' together with 'No 36M MK I' Model detail, 'Z' which indicates Zinc components, 'ORB' & number '8'. The body of the grenade has manufacturer's mark 'MLd' and has traces of original green and red filler paint ring indicators. Price for this nicely marked grenade includes UK delivery. Sn 9158
225.00

Original, Inert WW1, 1916 Dated, No.20 MK1 .303" Rifle Grenade. Sn 8494 : 13 - 8494 : 13.
Introduced in 1916, the No.20 MK1 .303" Rifle Grenade was an adaptation of the No.3 Rifle grenade manufactured without wind vane (see pages 65-68 of the book, Grenade by Landers). This is an excellent original No.20 MK1example. It is complete with correct segmented body, Pin, bakelite factory transit detonater cap, brass base piece, base plug and 10" steel rod. The top of the grenade is crisply stamped 'No.20-1' (designation) & by the manufacturer 'W.E. Co Ltd' together with date '7-16' (July 1916). The grenade retains traces of original red filler band paint. Price for this rare, No.20 MK1 grenade includes UK delivery. Sn 8494 : 13.
675.00

WW2 1943 Dated Mills No.36M MK 1, Hand Grenade Marked FW (Frost & Woods Canada). O 850. - O 850
This is an excellent, original, inert, WW2, Mills No.36M MK 1, hand and rifle grenade. The 36M refers to the pattern of Grenade-36- and M originally 'Mesopotania' and the fact they were waterproofed. It has laquered finish, lever, spring and striker. The body has original red paint filler markings in the form of a band of X's indicating the Grenade was filled and sealed for use in tropical (moist) climates. The alloy base plug is dated '43' (1943) and small cartouche with letter 'S' inside together with 'No 36M MK I' Model detail. The body is stamped 'AB' above what appears to be 'SS'. The inside of the grenade is stamped 'Z' which indicates Zinc components. The lever is stamped 'FW' which is Frost & Woods a Canadian manufacurer. Price for this nicely marked grenade includes UK delivery. O 850.
195.00

MATCHING MANUFACTURER'S MARKS, WW2 1940 Dated Mills No.36M MK 1,Hand Grenade (Wilson & Mathiesons Ltd, Leeds). O 845. - O 845
This is an excellent, original, inert, WW2, Mills No.36M MK 1, hand and rifle grenade With matching makers marks. The 36M refers to the pattern of Grenade-36- and M originally 'Mesopotania' and the fact they were waterproofed. It has it's original laquered finish, lever, spring and striker. The front of the body is stamped 'WM' & 'L' which is Wilson & Mathiesons Ltd, Leeds.The alloy base plug is dated '40' (1940), together with 'No 36M MK I' Model detail and 'WDC' & 'Z' which indicates Zinc components. The filler plug is stamped also stamped 'WDC' & 'Z'. The lever is stamped with matching 'W & M' manufacturer detail. Price for this nicely marked Grenade includes UK delivery. O 845.
195.00

UNAVAILABLE WW2 1944 Dated Mills No.36M MK 1,Hand Grenade (fallows & Bates Manchester). O 838. - O 838
This is an excellent, original, inert, WW2, Mills No.36M MK 1, hand and rifle grenade. The 36M refers to the pattern of Grenade-36- and M originally 'Mesopotania' and the fact they were waterproofed. It has it's original laquered finish, lever, spring and striker. The alloy base plug is dated '44' (1944) and 'WDC' together with 'No 36M MK I' Model detail and 'Z' which indicates Zinc components. The inside of the grenade is also stamped 'Z' and '44' (1944). The lever is faintly stamped 'FB' which is 'Fallows & Bates, Manchester'. Price includes UK delivery. O 838.
0.00
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