Object Title

Centrefire Gas Discharger - The Lake Erie Baby Giant Gas Projector

Centrefire Gas Discharger - The Lake Erie Baby Giant Gas Projector

Date

about 1936

Object Number

PR.8389

Provenance

Gifted with the Pattern Room by the Ministry of Defence, August 2005

Physical Description

Made to resemble a billy club. It is made from black painted steel with a simple spring-loaded plunger type trigger. It comes in two parts, the barrel part unscrews to take the 20 bore tear gas cartridge.There are 5 bands of cross-hatched chequeing to assist grip.

Techniques

Mass manufacture

Materials

Dimensions

BarrelLength2.75in.
BarrelLength70mm
OverallLength6.6in.
OverallLength170mm
OverallWeight170g

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number 5229

Calibre

20 bore

Inscriptions and Marks

makers name
THE LAKE ERIE CHEMICAL CO. CLEVELAND, OH, U.S.A. PAT. NO. 1897992
at breech
roll stamped

Associations

Notes

Along with their competator Federal Laboratories of Chicago, Lake Erie Chemical Co. developed in the early 30s tear gas 'billy clubs' for both the police and private security companies that were involved in the US industrial riots of the 1930s. They also found a ready market for this product in South America.
Lake Erie Chemical Co. applied for their patent, No.1897992, in April 1932. and described as the 'Ailes Disabling Gas Firing Weapon.' It was assigned to Adrian S Ailes of the Lake Erie Chemical Co. and referes to the safety/firing mechanism of the device.