Original Rare Japanese WWII Type 89 Combustion Time Fuse with Cover in Case - dated 1942

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Original Items: Only One Available. Now these are hard to find in this condition! This is a very nice Japanese WWII Type 89 Combustion Time Fuse, complete with it's protective tin cover and metal case. The fuse is even clearly dated on the nose portion with 9 七 十 昭. This marking is written right to left, and would be read: SHOWA (current reigning emperor) Juu-Nana Nen (17th year of reign - 1942) 9th month (September).

This is the type of fuse that was used on the high explosive projectiles for the for the Japanese 75mm and 105mm Anti-Aircraft guns. The design is one of the last "combustion" type fuses fielded, which were all based on the Bormann Time Fuse as used in the U.S. Civil War. The fuse is made up of brass rings, with a track of explosive powder running through a channel in each. How the rings were rotated would determine how long the delay of the fuse would be. A very simple design, taken to the limit of the technology at the time.

The fuse is in very good shape, with some oxidation to the brass. The tin cover is nice as well, though a bit is missing on the bottom. These fit nicely in the original steel canister, which still has a bit of the original paper label on the top.

Very interesting and ready to display!

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