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    Canadian 1958 Mills 36?

    I picked this up today and my first thought was it was a badly painted WW2 grenade but then I saw the 1958 date on the base plug.

    The body has no markings apart from a small H on the body by the end of the lever. The lever is also unmarked.

    The base plug is by S Joseph Stokes of Canada.

    Q. Is the whole grenade Canadian from 1958?

    Q. Is the painting original and correct?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Millsman View Post
    The base plug is by S Joseph Stokes of Canada.

    Q. Is the whole grenade Canadian from 1958?

    Q. Is the painting original and correct?

    Canadian? The base plug is made in England.

    The paint job looks rather dubious, and the lever looks questionable from the side view (as is the ring pull).

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    great find John. you are lucky. Hope you are both well.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Snufkin View Post
    Canadian? The base plug is made in England.

    The paint job looks rather dubious, and the lever looks questionable from the side view (as is the ring pull).
    Glad you like it Tom.

    I thought the Stokes plugs were only found on Canadian grenades, or am I mixing it up with another maker? Yup, just realised it was Schultz Die Casting on the Canadian Grenades - Doh.

    Yes the ring is a quick substitute. When I got it today it had a chrome 3/4" keyring on it.

    What about the unmarked body?
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    Quote Originally Posted by gothica7 View Post
    great find John. you are lucky. Hope you are both well.


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    Thanks Andy - Very hot today but all well.

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    To add to the mix the centrepiece is brass with an incredibly shallow bowl at the bottom. It's also stamped TD - 106556.

    I'm not sure if this is a bitsa or of overseas origin.
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    Filling plug is by WDC - Wolverhampton Die-Casting

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    Quote Originally Posted by TimG View Post
    Filling plug is by WDC - Wolverhampton Die-Casting

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    Yes more of WW2 vintage so may be a replacement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Millsman View Post
    Glad you like it Tom.
    John, obviously you are not phased by the paintwork.

    A photo looking into the centrepiece would be helpful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snufkin View Post
    John, obviously you are not phased by the paintwork.

    A photo looking into the centrepiece would be helpful.
    Actually Tom, I'm intrigued by the whole thing. The body and lever without makers marks, the WW2 filler, the 58 plug, the black paint looks original the pink I doubt, there are also three red crosses on the one side but not both. The centrepiece looks more WW1 than WW2 but has a very shallow cup. So it all looks very odd but I don't remember seeing more than a couple of 50's 36s and perhaps an overseas maker left off the maker's marks. It maybe a bitsa or something else. After all the Mills has always sprung surprises.

    I'll do some photos of the centre piece tomorrow.

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