ULTRA RARE OUTSTANDING British WW1 No19 Stick Grenade, all original. The fuze, detonator socket plunger, safety pin, fuze, handle wire are all 100% original WW1, this example is a dugup in excellent condition. It was recovered near Arras at The Somme. 99.9% of these grenades in the market are either fake made in 1980s or recreactions with replica fuzes which are made from cnadle holders which suring the WW1 were made from the bodies of No19s. This grenade is all original, the only replica part is wood, it fully strips, and has a makers mark on the body. It is almost impossible to find all original exampes such as this one.
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The No.19 Hand grenade was developed to supplement the short supply of No.1 and 2 grenades. It was a simplified design intended to be more easily manufactured. It had a simple direct-action impact fuze with a mushroom shaped plunger. The pink band on this example indicates it was filled with Ammonal explosive. One unfortunate feature of this grenade when throwing from a confined trench, care had to be given not to strike the back wall when moving the arm back. Once the safety pin is withdrawn only a thin shear wire held the plunger in place. Inadvertently dropping it on its nose would also detonate the grenade. It is interesting to note the concept of hand genades with impact detonating fuzes was actively pursued by many nations early in WWI. It proved an elusive goal which even to modern times has never been achieved with widespread acceptance. The last of the cane handle throwing types, the No.19 was in use by late 1915 and probably saw most service in 1916. It was quickly rendered obsolete by more effective grenades, it was also deemed unsafe and a large number of these grenades was recalled back to the UK where they were deactivated and converted into cnadle stick holders.