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A00446 - Austrian Pre-WWI Frag With Fuse

Item Number: F00446

Item Title: Austrian Pre-WWI Frag With Fuse

Price: $65

Shipping: Not included


Type: Austrian Rifled Shell

Size: Unknown

Sabot: Unknown

Fuse: Granaten Zünder G.Z. M75


Location Recovered: Europe

Description:I was at the show in Corinth, MS a few months ago and picked this up as I thought it was neat. It is a nose frag with a brass percussion fuse still present. The face of the percussion fuse has a "C.P." stamping. Due to markings on the fuse I was able to determine the fuse is an Austrian Granaten Zünder G.Z. M75 and predates WWI though the ones in inventory were likely used in WWI. For some information and a picture of the complete fuse, see:

As you can see, these fuses went into shells from 8 cm to 15 cm (3.14" to 5.9"). Judging from this fragments dimensions, I think it is from one of the larger shell calibers. This is a good example of a post-Civil War European shell that has many characteristics of shells used here. I would guess much of the world was studying the military advances being made in the US and it is reflected in the items they produced.

Piece is inert, cleaned and coated.

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