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1915 Mills bomb

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    I 'inherited' a Mills bomb a few years ago and can remember it around my folks' house since the early 70's. Was going to post a pic and see if it looked genuine ww2, not that I imagined there were copies around back then. Closer inspection shows a date of 10/15 stamped into the base. Not WW2! A bit of excited googling shows that aluminium plugs are unusual. The base has stamped: No5.I 10/15 DF Co. I've got as far as this being the Dudley Foundry Co but the only example I can find on the net is a brass plug. The grenade is immaculate, hence my thoughts of ww2 or post war. Will post pics tomorrow. How unusual is it, or not? Not my area!
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    Hi Ian.

    You do see more brass and zinc plugs. The Mills No.5 was developed in 1915.
    It sounds like you have a very nice early grenade..........


    British "Mills Bomb" (1 of 3) - Inert-Ord.Net

    Mills grenades
    Regards,


    Steve.

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    Thanks Steve, excellent links, hadn't found those in the wee small hours. I've added pics now and it does seem very early. Thanks!
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    Lovely example

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    Very nice indeed. A hard-to-find item.
    "You will never know the whole truth" ~ Erich von dem Bach-Zelewski

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    Thanks for the feedback, It's one of those things that was always around since childhood so is familiar and not important. Things I dig up or buy now I examine closely. Until I took the time to use my eyes I thought it might be a repro. It was a late night on t'interporn when I saw the date. The only other 'great' war item I've got is a German shell made in Karlesruhe, bought because it was very cheap nad the town my late brother's German girlfriend came from.

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    Excellent condition ! - It may not seem all that important, but it's a great piece
    of WWI history - with family connections too. Would be a welcome addition
    to any grenade collection.........
    Regards,


    Steve.

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    Very nice WWI Mills, Ian...Hard to see such a nicely preserverd WWI item...
    Best regards, Thanos.

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    Thanks everyone, difficult to believe it's nearly 100 years old!

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    Attachment 377442Thought I would put a picture of mine up. This was lobbed on a Belgian battle field but as You can see failed to do the business!!!!

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