Name/Title1 x 3.7 Anti-Aircraft Shell fuse and 2 x protective covers adapted into ashtray and cigarette lighter
About this object3.7 Anti-Aircraft shell fuse and 2 protective covers which have been made into a cigarette lighter and an accompanying ash tray. The cigarette rests on the ashtray are made from a .45 bullet case cut in half. In war time, nothing was wasted.
In between the wars and the early part of the Second World War, Biggin Hill’s South Camp was home to the Royal Engineers and the Royal Artillery. The Royal Artillery specialised in the 3.7 Anti-aircraft gun and established a training school in its use. The 3.7 gun was the mainstay of airfield defences during the war and was used extensively in other campaigns.
The guns were originally placed around Biggin Hill in fixed emplacements which unfortunately were soon located and bombed and were replaced by mobile units on trailers which could fire off a few rounds and move off to a different location. During the London Blitz, particularly at night a gun would stop outside ones house, fire off a few shells with a tremendous noise, then move off down the street and do the same thing again. When each shell exploded, it produced a mass of jagged fragments which fell to earth, together with the fuse, which always remained intact and the shells end plate 3.7 inches in diameter, of half-inch steel also came raining down.
PeriodSecond World War
Medium and MaterialsMetal
Measurementsa. shell fuse –diameter 65mm, H 110mm
b. H 75mm x diameter 65mm x
W 100mm (with lid open)