Hello mate, well Randall you have made my day, no month. Really pleased with your help on this item. l thought it was made in the seventies for 155mm. gun - idiot l am. Would it be considered rare? Thank you very much indeed. Cheers, RonB.Hello Ron,
What you have is a U.S. manufactured Waltham 75 second mechnical time fuze, Mark I. These were our first M/T fuzes and came into service in 1918. They were used primarily in our Antiaircraft guns, model 1917 (fixed position) and model 1918 (mobile). They were in service into the late 1930's so finding one on a 3 inch /50 is correct. The standard M/T fuze for a 3"/50 projectile in 1944 was the M43 and the P/D fuze was the M48. The Mark I fuzes were also used in our 4.7 inch shrapnel, 5 & 6 inch seacoast guns and the 155mm.
Well, that's now made my year Randall, God bless ya, Ron. PS. From the markings, can you make out who made it and year of manufacture?Hello Ron,
Your Mark I fuze is dificult to come across even here in the U.S., overseas I suspect they are EXTREMLY rare. You have a really beautiful example of one of the first truly M/T fuzes, hold on to it!