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The Crabtree discharger
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With the 75 Th Anniversary of the founding of Bomb disposal i decided to write this short article on one of the first pieces of Bomb Disposal equipment issued to bomb disposal in 1940.
The Crabtree discharger
The Crabtree or better known as the 2 pin discharger was a simple device that depressed the plungers on the early type (15) fuzes , it was found that by depressing the charging pins and grounding the fuze to ground . shorted the condensers thereby making the fuze relatively safe (the fuze still had to be extracted and the gaine attached unscrewed , to make fully safe) these simple but effective piece of equipment was widely issued until the (25) fuze was encountered which if this discharger was used on that fuze would explode the bomb.
Trying to obtain an original 2 pin was an almost impossible task a lot were kept as souviners  or lost over time, about 5 years ago a very enterprising company called Dug Up realised that there was a market for museum quality copies  the lack of genuine examples of the original 2 pin Discharger , Dug Up realised that there was a market for collectors and reinactors requiring museum quality copies, they managed to borrow an original one and in their factory  faithfully reproduced them ,  i was lucky to have been given one to review and  can be seen on my web site bombfuzecollectorsnet.
The quality and fine detail was excellent so as not to fall foul of copyright laws and to stop theirs being falsely sold as originals the word Crabtree was omitted from their examples, sadly ive have seen adverts selling these museum quality pieces as originals and sold for a lot more than the original price of about £40.
All originals have the word Crabtree stamped on them any that do not have this then they are copies.

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As you can see from the original which says Crabtree on it and the museum quality which doesnt , also note the checkering on the knob , on the original its very fine lines the modern museum copy is much more coarse
Lh Original Rh Museum quality copy
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Lh Museum copy RH original
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