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Mysterious object?
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petelang



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 25, 2021 5:31 pm    Post subject: Mysterious object? Reply with quote

Any of you clever lot able to identify what the hell this object is? Found in Father in laws garage.
Has military markings. Some sort of graduation scale on the rim and a single loose ball bearing rolling around inside.
https://flic.kr/p/2kP11Q1

https://flic.kr/p/2kGSW5c

https://flic.kr/p/2kNZw1b

https://flic.kr/p/2kNZw7y
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 25, 2021 5:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A bomb detonator??

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 25, 2021 6:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Artillery fuse?
http://www.passioncompassion1418.com/decouvertes/english_fusees_collection_gb.html
Possibly naval ....
file:///C:/Users/Steve/AppData/Local/Temp/British%20Tiime%20&%20percussion%20No.%2081.pdf
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 25, 2021 6:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I trust the "big bit" that goes with it isn't under the garage..
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petelang



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 25, 2021 11:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Peter_L wrote:
I trust the "big bit" that goes with it isn't under the garage..


I'll be checking next visit....
Hope not.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 26, 2021 7:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Timed fuses like this are typically used for air bursting high explosive rounds just above soft targets in the open (ie people)or for illumination rounds where you want a parachute flare to deploy out from the base of the shell at higher altitudes to light up the ground beneath.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 27, 2021 9:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, apparently it is from a British 13 pound shell, and as Miken indicated, is a timed device intended to detonate before landing. I've not exactly figured out quite how it works.
It is a darned great heavy lump of intricately machined Brass and its just astonishing how much engineering goes into just one of what must have been millions of these things, lobbed over the trenches. In addition it seems the whole shell case was in brass too.
No wonder Britain was almost bankrupt after the war!
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