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WW1 Imperial German M-1917 Hand Grenade
Item #: VF4384
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This German M-1917 Stielhandgranate Hand Grenade is in good condition. The grenade is inert and completely safe, with no explosive charge present. The "can” retains about some of its original filed gray-green paint. The cylinder has the typical instructions painted on it in white letters: Vor Gebrauch / Sprengkapsel / Einsetzen / E L?B. The first three lines roughly translate to say "Before Use, Insert Detonator”, which was definitely good advice if you wanted the grenade to function! The last line may be a maker code or other pertinent information. The original sheet metal screw collar is attached to the original wooden handle by four screws. The bottom of the handle has the original sheet metal collar, which is attached by four pins. The original flanged sheet metal cap is present, and a couple of the eight flanges are slightly bent. The wooden handle is clearly marked in two lines, one reading 5 ½ Sek. – ELB, and the second reading: B 16.2.18. This puts the production of the grenade just before the massive Allied offensives of 1918 helped bring the Great War to a close. The wood handle is in nice condition and shows no breaks or repairs. 
This is a GOOD condition example of the German M-1917 Stielhandgranate Hand Grenade. The classic "Stick Grenade”, or "Potato Masher” is probably one of the most instantly recognizable field weapons from World War I and World War II. The German "stick grenade” first appeared in service around 1915, and over the next couple of years the design was refined into what would become the M-1917. The M-1917 was the basis for the standard German hand grenade of World War II, the M-1924. The earliest stick grenades incorporated a simple sheet metal cylinder filled with explosives, which was attached to a wooden handle that made the handling and throwing of the grenade easier. A string ran through the center of the wooden handle, which when pulled would ignite the timed detonating fuse, which in turn detonated the grenade. The fuses varied in time from about 5 seconds to 8 seconds. These grenades were simple concussion grenades and were designed for offensive use, while most Allied grenades were fragmentation grenades, which were intended for use as defensive weapons. As German munitions technology improved, and issues with use in the field were addressed, the design of the grenade was improved and modified. The M-1917 had a smaller explosive charge than earlier designs, as the power and quality of the explosives had improved. The grenade also incorporated a flanged screw off cap on the bottom of the handle, which secured the detonating pull cord, and reduced the chance for accidental arming of the grenade. A cylindrical ceramic weight was also added to the bottom of the cord. This weight made it easier to remove the cord from the cavity and to pull the cord. The wooden handles were stamped with the fuse time and the date of manufacture of the grenade. The explosive head of the grenade incorporated a belt hook, to allowed the grenade to be hung from a belt, or a fence as an improvised booby trap.
Price: $485.00 USD (Sale Pending)