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A battery of some kind?

 

Andy

 

I see what you mean Andy but its not a battery.

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Is that a terminal (as in electrical) at the top of the picture?

 

Yes Richard well observed.

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Looks like strips of insulation round it, some kind of heating element, glow plug sort of thing

 

Good line of thought Rob, although the strips are for protection rather than insulation, not a heating element etc.

 

If it helps this is not British.

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(reads thread, notes comments about 'terminal' 'protection' and 'not British'.)

 

It's difficult to judge the scale of the thing, but....

 

The 'horn' for a naval contact mine?

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Would it be unfair of me to point out "detonator agent chemical" in the photo title and suggest the bursting charge for a chemical (mustard gas) landmine?

 

Not unfair at all Chris as it seems to have been labelled incorrectly, if it had been that your conclusion would have been a reasonable one so its not that I'm afraid.

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(reads thread, notes comments about 'terminal' 'protection' and 'not British'.)

 

It's difficult to judge the scale of the thing, but....

 

The 'horn' for a naval contact mine?

 

Good idea Chris but its not naval, this is German & land based if that helps.

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A low tension ignition coil?

 

Its not that Richard, but a good bit of linking to past objects.

 

But it is electrical but not low voltage & although it is German it is not WW2.

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Are the strips to protect the object or the user?

 

Does it heat up to a high temperature - high enough to burn fingers?

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Are the strips to protect the object or the user?

 

Does it heat up to a high temperature - high enough to burn fingers?

 

To protect the object when it fits inside its cover. Doesn't get hot.

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i don't suppose it is a fuse?

Nope something more sophisticated.

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Ground sensor?

 

Nope not a geophone sort of thing Tony

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Is the outer casing metal or perhaps glass?

 

The outer casing that this has been withdrawn from is metal.

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