Auction 100

Lot 62:

WWI FRENCH VIVEN BESSIERE VB RIFLE GRENADE

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Start price: $70

Estimated price: $140 - $200

VAT: On commission only

Rare WWI French Viven-Bessieres rifle grenade, named after its inventors, also known as ‘VB grenade’, and officially referred to as the ‘Viven-Bessières shell’ in the French Army instruction manual, was an infantry weapon in use with the French Army from 1916 onward, it was the most famous and best French rifle grenade. Cylindrical in shape, it was made of cast iron with internal grooves to facilitate fragmentation during its bursting. The US Army also adopted this weapon and implemented it from July 1917. It comes with the igniter cover, the screw closing the filling aperture and the rare brass cap, which features a central hole for the bullet, it was sometimes used to cover the external mechanisms and prevent accidental percussion during transportation. Very good. Inert.

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