Monday, 13 October 2014

Can you identify this?

This piece of 'trench art' was probably picked up in Egypt some time between 1938 and 1948. I think it is the timer from a shell fuse. Can you identify it? What type of shell? What nationality?




8 comments:

nobby said...

This is going to be little help but when I was involved with British Army ammunition identifying a fuse didn't identify a particular shell.
A British made fuse would fit several shells and sometimes across different calibre's.

Marshal Argos said...

Interesting find. The writing at least is Arabic. Couldn't tell you where it's from.

Phil said...

Greek - Horse shoe?

Phil said...

looking at the photos closely...there seems to be measuring system with Hellenistic/Egyptian numbers on the "horse shoe"? :o)

Mikko Asikainen said...

http://www.passioncompassion1418.com/decouvertes/ImagesDecouvertes/CollFus/77Turque7.jpg There's a Turkish one. Definitely plausible

Mikko Asikainen said...

Also check this out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCLUFZVn4Ek

JAMES ROACH said...

thanks Mikko, I think that is definitely the right track. It's not that 75mm though. The underside is different. I wasn't at all sure of the calibre, but now I think it is probably from something a bit bigger than I originally thought - 75mm would look about right.

Herr Zinnling said...

These are Arab numbers. 52, 50, 48, 46, 44, 42, 40, 38 on the second picture and 26, 24, 22, 20, 18, 16, 14, 12, 10, 8 on the third picture ((reading from left to right). Don't know if that helps. Regards, Karl