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    Artillary fuse ID

    I've had this paper weight for about thirty years and have always wondered what it would have been on. It's more pointed than other period fuses I have seen. Anyone have a clue?
    The bottom ring has the following stamped on it: MODEL 1914-15, 73-3-65, lot 9560 128.
    The next band has graduations from 0 to 45.
    The next band has 114031-H-2-FA, and "DUMMY". Top HAS 114031-H-4FA.
    Not including the threaded base, it's 3 5/8" x 3".
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    It's an M1914-1915 31-second time fuze, and it's a powder train time fuze. Can be used for variable time or impact detonation. They were used up to WW2. They can be used on any arty shells of their time.

    We have a member here named Bombdoc that should have a firm handle on these too...
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    Fun Fact...

    These fuzes were originally designed by Krupp in Germanyicon around 1900.. they were widely exported and mainly used for Shrapnel airburst shell in howizers. As BAR says, they are igniferous, powder train fuzes that were set by rotating two semi circular powder trains to set the time of flight.This looks like it is for a higher velocity gun projectile as it has a more pointy profile than the original Krupp fuze..

    The UKicon version of this fuze was the 80 series and was almost universally used in Shrapnell shell. A version continued to be used right up until the 1970s for base ejection smoke and flare projectiles which did not need a detonating fuze.

    UK continued to pay royalties throughout WW1 to Krupp for using the design! War is War, but Business is Business!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bombdoc View Post
    The UKicon version of this fuze was the 80 series and was almost universally used in Shrapnell shell
    And that's the one on my 18 pounder...

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    UK continued to pay royalties throughout WW1 to Krupp
    And the USAicon continued to pay royalties to Mauser for their mod of the 1903 Springfield rifle action.
    Regards, Jim

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    Thanks for the info everyone.


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