Auction 101

Lot 188:

JAPANESE TYPE 4 CERAMIC HAND GRENADE

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Start price: $60

Estimated price: $120 - $200

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JAPANESE TYPE 4 CERAMIC HAND GRENADE

Japanese type 4 ceramic earthenware fragmentation grenade. The Imperial Japanese Navy Technical Bureau developed the idea for this new weapon. It was easy to make and cheaper to produce than traditional grenades at the time. This new weapon was to be used by the general populace of the country in the event of an Allied invasion. Also known as the ‘Pottery’, ‘Last Ditch’ or ‘Ceramic’ grenade, it is more formally identified as the Type 4. Late war, approximately 80 mm in diameter, brown earthenware with brown glaze, with potters mark at the bottom, small chip at the lip. Very good.

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