I have discovered this Minenwerfer on my farm in the U.S. These photos are of how it sits now. Half buried still. It seems to all be there to the base. Not sure about deactivation. I assume it was because it was on display. See below.
Can you give me an idea on the value? Just a ballpark number? I have had a couple people and museums interested but they all insist I start the bidding price. Is this anything you would be interested in?
This is how it ended up on a farm in Michigan (U.S.): This item was on display in a municipal park for many years, apparently a WWI trophy bought back from France by the local National Guard Company.
In the late 1950's it was given to a local gun club which moved it to an isolated farm and experimented with it.
The gun was modified with a nipple so it could fire black powder utilizing percussion caps.
No satisfactory projectile could be found that could accommodate the lands and grooves and the
gun club soon tired of this and left it on the ground where it was overgrown by shrubbery and remained undiscovered until quite recently.
Eric M. Root
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