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Its a Japanese Type 88 pottery handgrenade made of terra cotta. There are several variations.... They are WW2 era. They had a match type composition fuze and were wrapped in a waterproof rubber sack after being filled.
I guess you could call these grenades Japan's version of ersatz. Funny but it seems that all combatants in most wars had ersatz in one form or another as, for whatever reason supplies of raw materials dwindled. Be it blockade or whatever ersatz war items would indeed make for a fine collection...Dano
Early pattern should have a round body while the later type will have a flat bottom to prevent it from rolling around too easily. Have been told the very late production runs were not glazed. Anyone know if any of this equates to model numbers or something similar to the British Mark system?
I know the later ones were unglazed, but as far as a reference numbering system, not sure, beside being known as the type 4. Really cool grenades. Reading between the lines it looks it was a C.D. or reservist grenade that happened to make it to the front out of necessity. Dano
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