DeactivatedArtilleryUsed£ 150 ONO
This is a British manufactured No 221 time and percussion (graze action) fuze with a 0-22 seconds powder burning time commonly used on 25 pounder field artillery smoke and star shells (projectiles) in WW2.
This fuze is stamped No 221.I RC 40 on part of its brass body.
According to the military headstamps, RC refers to "Raleigh Cycles" (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_military_headstamps)
During the Second World War, the Raleigh factory in Nottingham was used for the production of fuzes. Bicycle production was reduced to approximately 5% of its peacetime capacity. (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raleigh_Bicycle_Company)
It has a Broad Arrow marking which implies it was manufactured for the Department of Defence.
40 probably indicates the year of manufacture of the fuze.
The main body of the fuse is brass and is stamped in scales from 1 to 22. Above this are two rings, with no markings, which rotate. Above this is a lead ballistic cap.
This fuse is in good condition though the lead is pitted from being buried in a muddy pond for circa 30 years till it was found.
The price includes UK delivery and no licence is required to possess these inert rounds in the UK if retained as part of a collection or displays. ...Read full description