~ WW1 Era German Dopp Z 15 Fuze ~
In 1915, a new triple effect fuze for the high explosive shells of the heavy artillery appeared, named Dopp Z 15. Its graze action arming system was the classic one based on based on a massive gunpowder pellet and a percussion pin protected by a tulip spring, gunpowder pellet blocking the percussion system by a stem and secured by a two rods safety pin. This system was inspired by the 'Dopp Z 92' fuze.
The two discs time system communicated the flame to the exploder primer. The mobile lower disc was graduated from 2 to 41 seconds. Its movements were blocked at shell departure by a needle activated by the shock momentum.
The top of the fuze is stamped “Dopp.Z.15.O P.17”, & “m.V. o.V” on the reverse.
~ Dimensions ~
The fuze has a height of 3.5 inches (8.9 cm) & a overall diameter of 3 inches (7.6 cm). It weighs 1.51 Kg.
~ Condition ~
The typical amount of wear that should be expected, the screw has started to rust & deteriorate. The brass top, other than the expected wear (some oxidisation, scratching and minor denting) remains in good condition.
~ Postage ~
The fuze costs £18 to post or can be collected from our store based with the Portsmouth historic Dockyard.