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    Boxer Fuze and Fuze Setter & Tools

    I came across these today. Can any one explain the use
    of the two wooden tools ?
    The central sharp pin is missing from the hook, of the "Hook Borer"

    Would the chaps at Fort Nelson be the people to ask about these?
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    Image of the Hook Borer and use ~
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    This is a really rare find. I have never seen stuff like this, also I have been looking for it for decades. You are a lucky man.
    Bellifortis.
    Quote Originally Posted by Gspragge View Post
    I came across these today. Can any one explain the use
    of the two wooden tools ?
    The central sharp pin is missing from the hook, of the "Hook Borer"

    Would the chaps at Fort Nelson be the people to ask about these?
    Last edited by Bellifortis; 2nd April 2019 at 03:46 PM.

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    Dear Sir,
    Thank you for your enquiry. The wooden object without the metal attachments is a General Service Drift which was made of boxwood of differing lengths for use on different shells. The lower coned portion was formed thus to fit a General Service fuze-hole and used to insert a papier-mâché wad into certain filled shells. The purpose of this depended on the shell but in the main it afford some protection to the fuze-hole from corrosion to the metal thread when the shell was filled with explosive but not required for immediate service. This would presumably be removed with another implement when the shell was armed with the fuze. The other wooden implement with the three metal attachments is puzzling me. With its War Department stamp it may well be one of the many implements used in the Royal Laboratory or at other armament depots filling shell and preparing fuzes that has not found its way into the various treatises. I hope this helps part answer your question.
    Yours faithfully,

    Philip A. Magrath
    Curator of Artillery

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    I came across these today.

    These are amazing finds, I have sought such implements for my collection but never seen any examples, even though they would not have been all that uncommon.

 

 

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