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    Here's some more photos.

    I think the pink band was added by the previous owner. Does the body actually look South African?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Millsman View Post
    Does the body actually look South African?
    Not South African. The standard filler plug fits so the filler thread is British. Without a maker's mark it is almost impossible to identify the maker, but the casting mark of a letter is common to a number of British WWI firms. (An example was THL, a company that used a letter casting identifier but whose maker's mark was sometimes so faint as to be almost invisible.)

    The markings on the patented, socketed centre piece are simply the initials of the maker, OMC, and their patent number - OMC LTD 106555.

    The paint job is not original. Paint was not used (and it looks like paint rather than old varnish - a caustic soda bath will show that) for body protection, and the markings are pure fiction. A pink band for a hygroscopic ammonium nitrate-based bursting charge combined with red crosses for tropical use? My Ladybird book of Mills bombs says no.

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    Thanks Tom

    It's amazing how these maverick concoctions turn up. I'll strip the body, change the centrepiece and move it on with a WW2 base plug. I'll keep the 58 plug for my collection.

    Believe it or not I bought it from a professional historian!
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    John,

    I think it might be a WWI body, and somewhat uncommon for either not being maker-marked, or having a mark that is very faint. It might also be the case that the centre piece is original to the body.

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    It would be nice if it was WW1 then I'd happily keep the centrepiece with it. The WW2 filler screw does not fit well but I'll take it out and see. Hopefully when the black paint is off there might be feint marks appearing.

    All good fun. Have a good weekend.
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