very nice exellent collection jcb
Hello everyone! I am new to this website but a long time collector. Japanese ordnance is my "addiction". Due to restrictions on image file size I am unable to post most of my pics on this board but I have included a link to another site where these pictures are posted. Please follow the link and check it out. It's taken me a long time to put this collection together!
I am always looking to buy!
All items are fully inert.
Some of the mines pictured: Massive Japanese booby trap "Headquarters" mine, Double horn navy Type 1 beach mine, Three single horn navy Type 2 beach mines, Ceramic experimental bounding mine, Yardstick mine, Wood box type 3b mine, Ceramic type 3a mines, Tapemeasure Type 93 mines, Magnetic Type 99 magnetic mines, Suicide anti-tank LUNGE mine.
Last edited by JCB99; 19th October 2009 at 11:14 PM.
very nice exellent collection jcb
Excellent items JCB !!
Do You have further info about the Massive Japanese booby trap mine and the Ceramic experimental bounding mine, please ?
Great stuff Jim.
I dont suppose you have a good picture of the paper label that was glued to the type 99 grenade?
Paul, I've visited your website a hundred times, I too find inert grenades very collectible. In addition to Japanese material, I find WWI vintage grenades interesting, especially Italian, AustroHungarian and Russian grenades. Quick question: German grenades, WWI era with red paint,- Are these reduced charge training grenades? I have a german ball grenade and egg grenade, both have original deep red paint. Original, no question.
The rifle grenade with the label is a rare Japanese Navy spigot Model 2. It uses a kiska style warhead with a different fuze. It's used with the late war Navy made spigot launcher. (Check out "Imperial Japanese Grenade rifles and lauchers". Authors: Babich & Keep- Great collector book) This Grenade has two paper labels intact, both better than 95%. Give me a few days and I will get you a picture. I will send it directly to you, I assume your email address is somewhere on your grenade site.
Jim B USA
Last edited by JCB99; 18th October 2009 at 01:18 AM.
the german red grens are practice models. some have holes in them so i presume they had a small charge to simulate the explosion. however i have 2 red kugals and 2 discus that have no holes so they must have been for throwing practice only.
heres my email just in case you couldn't find it.
Those JE and JG and Pottery mines are in fantastic condition. Were the JGs found on Iwo Jima?
John aka Bart
The large JE mine (Type 1) has restored paint, I believe this came out of a museum at one time, I was told it came from Iwo. The three JG's (Type 2) all have restored paint, two I did myself, the third is an old museum repaint job. I don't know where these mines were originally found. It is very hard to find these in any condition. I believe in restoration only if there is NO original finish remaining. It seems the larger the ordnance, the more likely there will be little original paint remaining. The Type 92 15 kg bomb has original paint and the 150mm projectile also (Amazingly) has original paint. All the mortar shells except the 120mm are original paint. All the ceramic mines are original and not US training copies. The Large ceramic mine has some fractures and some chip damage but is holding together without any restoration. I can't tell you how rare these are. Some of this stuff I could never replace. As a collector I am luckly to have them, in any condition.
Reference on the Japanese Experimental bounding mine and the booby trap "headquarters mine" comes from one rare source. I own this manual, and I will post some pictures from pages that identify these two. Give me a day or two to post that reference. It comes from a rare US army mine manual. (that I bought from a frenchman who collects mines!)
I don't have a good picture of a Kiska label. I don't own a Kiska that has a full label. There's a very good book that has good pictures of Kiska labels. "Imperial Japanese grenade rifles and lauchers" by Babich and Keep. This book is worth buying. The photographs are immaculate.
Last edited by JCB99; 18th October 2009 at 08:25 PM.
Very nice collection there Jim
All Items of Live Ordnance posted by me have been disposed of by EOD.
As a note of interest to collectors of Japanese anti-invasion beach mines, after Iwo Jima finally fell to our troops,Mobile Explosive Investigative Unit Four (MEIU#4) out of Pearl sent a team of Mine and Bomb Disposalmen (now EOD) to Iwo Jima and they founds hundreds of JG and JE beach mines. Some were found armed, turned upside down and the chemical horns were crushed and buried. The HSS were even wired backwards and if the spindle was retracted it would detonate. JGs were even found buried 'piggybacked" and booby-trapped. PD fuzed artillery projectiles were also buried nose up and lightly covered with sand. Torpedo warheads were booby-trapped and covered.
Just a little trivia.
John aka Bart