Object Title

Grenade - Modell 24 Stielhandgranate, second pattern

Grenade - Modell 24 Stielhandgranate, second pattern

Date

about 1917

Object Number

XX.2197

Provenance

Purchased 9 December 1994, see acquisition.

Physical Description

A standard issue grenade, commonly referred to as a 'potato masher'. It comprises a sheet steel, cylindrical head, with attached belt hook, turned wooden handle, and steel end with screw cap. The friction igniter is visible once the screw cap is removed, and consists of a length of twine attached to a porcelain ball.

Techniques

Mass manufacture

Materials

Dimensions

OverallWeight386g
OverallWeight0.9lb oz
OverallWidth3in.
OverallWidth78mm
Overalllength13.9in.
Overalllength354mm

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number NVN

Calibre

N/A

Inscriptions and Marks

Date of Manufacture?
Ka 20.11.17
handle
stamped

Associations

Notes

Unscrewing the base cap on the stick exposed a porcelain ball attached to cord. When pulled, this cord dragged friction wire through a chemical mixture, igniting the grenade. This pattern has a delay of 5.5 seconds before exploding. The hook allows the grenade to be fixed to a belt.