Andy A Posted 15 June , 2019 Share Posted 15 June , 2019 I was very lucky to be able to acquire this recently having seen it on a website for sale. Its a very early Mills grenade with both the body and base plug made by Mills Munitions Co LTD 192 Bridge St Birmingham in May 1915. Most certainly from the first contract of 50,000 given out by the government to William Mills.The first delivery of this batch was on 17/4/15 of which the first few thousand have the rounded Roland type base plugs of which the British Army was not impressed. Not sure if any of these plugs have survived, never seen a picture of one but there must be one out there somewhere. It looks like its been gilded but i feel this must really be a copper wash as the wear to the covering looks like its been well handled and is quite evenly distributed over the body.As to why this was done we will never know. It may have been given to one of William Mill's managers for some presentation or may even have accompanied the man himself on his demonstration tours to foundries all over the country during 1915. We will never know. There is no damage to the body and you can tell its early due to the small ring pull and the serial numbers on the leaver later discontinued.The base plug is quit worn, indicating to me that its been picked up and put down a lot and had a great deal of handling. One thing that I am certain of is that I can say is that the body was made by Mills Munitions too as no one else was was making the Mills Grenade at this time.I am aware that the ownership of this grenade was known and it was considered an important part of Mills history. I consider myself as very lucky to have been able to buy this as I have always dreamed of owning a Mills with a 5/15 base plug.I will cherish it for the rest of my days. Andy Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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