Desert Rat

Very early French grenade - 1890- 1918

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Desert Rat

Hello to you all,

Just thought you would like to see this very early French hairbrush grenade I have bought from France, used by French soldiers from about 1890/ 1918 up until the end of WW1. Very primitive compared to later grenades invented during WW1.

Very dangerous, as you had to light the fuse by pulling out the nail in the top, inserting it into the hole where the fuse was, and hitting it with a bayonet, stone, etc....they had less than 5 seconds to throw it, and sadly many lost their fingers, hands or it exploded in their faces with terrible injuries...!!!

 

Thanks for looking...Desert Rat/ Ian

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Desert Rat

I like this too.....IanB (apologies if I have made a rickett here)

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val
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@Desert Rat, thanks i never even know that such a grenade exists. So i searched for more pictures

and information how the grenade really works.

http://parkergunstore.com/the-extremely-rare-french-ww1-hairbrush-stick-grenades/

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Desert Rat

Great Val,

Many thanks for your answer and the link.....I never knew this until I saw it on a French website! I wonder what it's worth?

Best to you....Desert Rat/ Ian

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6 minutes ago, Desert Rat said:

I wonder what it's worth?

This was one price i found.

https://stewartsmilitaryantiques.com/french-wwi-iiird-army-stick-grenade-inert.31884.archive.htm

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Desert Rat

Thanks Val,

 

Not impressed with the value as it's so rare.....Ca La Vie!

Best to you & Thanks.....Ian

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