Knuckle duster, England, 1914-1918

Made:
1914-1918 in England
maker:
Unknown

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Knuckle duster with retractable blade, possibly English, for trench warfare, 1914-1918

Soldiers during the First World War were issued with weapons and guns but many took their own unofficial weapons as well. Worn on the knuckles during man-to-man combat and perhaps carried during night time trench raids, the spiked metal could potentially add severe injuries to the punch being thrown. The retractable blade measures 60 mm.

Details

Category:
Wellcome (general)
Object Number:
A204778
Materials:
brass and iron
type:
knuckle duster