H059579 MG34/42 SULPHUR CONTAINER. (Schwefel Behälter für MG34/42)

BACKGROUND: Among other restrictions, the Treaty of Versailles banned Germany from developing any type of general purpose machine gun. To circumvent this, German development of an all purpose machine gun was secretly being done in Switzerland in the early 1930's. By 1934 designer Louis Stange of the Rheinmetall armaments factory had made improvements to the secret machine gun developed in Switzerland and the MG34 was introduced as an all purpose selective fire weapon. In spite of the relatively high production cost the MG34 was accepted by the Wehrmacht Ordnance department and deliveries of the MG34 began in 1936. In 1937 due to the high cost and manufacturing time of the MG34 development began on another general purpose machine gun which utilized stamped and pressed components making it cheaper and quicker to produce. Further developments resulted in the introduction of the MG42 general purpose machine gun in late 1941. The MG34and MG42 were both manned by a three person crew with one individual being designated the "#1 gunner". The gunner was equipped with a specific gunners belt pouch which carried special tools and accessories for the weapon including a sulphur container designed to smooth the weapons system.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Molded, 5.5cm tall, black bakelite construction, cylindrical sulphur container with a central, horizontal, outwardly flared lip for a secure grip. The container has a screw off top lid with vertical ribbing to the outer edges and a central, small, circular, internal, slotted, spring loaded centerpiece. The bottom of the container has an inset pressure plunger, which when pushed, applies pressure to the internal spring causing the top circular centerpiece to move upward to release the required amount of the powdered sulphur. The bottom plunger, internal spring and top centerpiece all still function.

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $49.00

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