That is outstanding.
Looks to be in excellent shape for WW1. I honestly don't know what it is.. If you would be so kind Dean as to give me a lesson in WW1 British ordnance. I would be greatly appreciative.
Sorry Guys, I was so happy to get this I forgot to mention what it is.
This is a Very Rare Hales No1 Mk1 Hand Grenade. they came in 3 Mks, this, with the thinner shrapnel "ring" is the Mk1.
The streamers help stabilize it in flight.. A few problems with it in the Trenches, if you went to throw it, and as you put your arm back to throw it, you could hit the back of the trench..then... BOOM!!
They had an impact fuse on them, so they had to hit the enemy "nose" on to make it go off, if not, it could be thrown back
I have also seen photos of them being dropped early in the War from aircraft.
It appears to be one of these, very nice and very rare.
Whatever its just an opinion.
DUH!!!! I have a WW1 Canadian Grenade Throwers hand written manual with all the original blue prints for the Grenades used up to late 1916. This one is in that book, I should have posted a photo of the blue print!!
Hi Dean a very nice pick up indeed nice to see near all the ribbons are still intact but is this not a Grenade No #1 Mk II as it has been fitted with the smaller wood handle to make for easier throwing from inside the trenches or is the throwing handle on the Mk II & III shorter.
I found this site rather interesting ( British WW1 No1 grenade )
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Always on the look out for WW II Canadian Helmets and Cam nets to add to my collection.
Found a Canadian Mk II Medics Helmet and yes I know they are about as rare as hens teeth !!!!!
Fascinating piece Dean, Thanks for sharing with us. I love seeing these kind of pieces and learning about them for the first time! I would not like to be the bloke having to hurl that at the enemy never mind being on the receiving end of it lol. Cheers, Sean.
Imagine the German soldier trying to catch it... Mental.
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