Original British WWI Mills Bomb No. 5 MKI Inert Grenade Desktop Match Safe Ashtray
Original Item: Only One Available. This is an very nice BATF approved totally inert example of a No. 5 MkI "Mills Bomb" Grenade. This is the first version of the "Mills Bomb" produced, and was one of the standard grenades used by British forces during WWI. It is totally inert, and cannot be converted to an explosive device.
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This is a unique example of a Mills Bomb and one we have not encountered before. This appears to be a factory cast example, as most were, but was not produced to accept the internal workings of the grenade or a fuse and spoon. This was made as a “memento of the Great War”, more than likely by a factory worker. The top portion of the grenade was cut away and remains attached by a working hinge. The interior has a small ceramic “shot glass” size cup which contains 6 wood matches. The black porcelain base acts as an ashtray by its appearance and is in lovely condition but does have a chip visible.
The Base Reads As:
MEMENTO OF THE GREAT WAR * ACTUAL HAND GRENADE CASTING * AS USED BY THE ALLIES * REGD NO 651542 *
The grenade no longer retains any paint but is still in wonderful condition and functions as originally intended!
Comes more than ready for further research and display.
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Totally inert, cannot be converted to an explosive device, not available for export. This item is completely legal within the USA. International Military Antiques, Inc observes all Federal, State and Local laws. Everything for sale on ima-usa.com is completely legal to own, trade, transport and sell within the United States of America.
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