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Glass Grenade and Thrower (2016.8.406)
Image: Glass Grenade and Thrower. CMoG 2016.8.406.

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A Description

First, here's a brief excerpt from an article called "Handy Fire Grenades," which appears in the June 1973 issue of Spinning Wheel antiques magazine:

The automatic fire extinguisher was a type popular around the turn of the century. The Shur-Stop automatic grenade ... is a hand-blown glass bulb enclosed in a wire rack to be hung on the wall. These were painted in various colors.... The idea was that the low-melting solder which held one of the wires in place about the bulb would melt at 130 degrees. The wire would then swing out and the bulb of chemical extinguisher would drop on the fire.

There were several fire grenade manufacturers. The Corning Museum of Glass has a couple of fire grenades/extinguishers in its collection, including the glass grenade and thrower pictured here.

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A more extensive list of resources on glass fire grenades is available upon request from the Rakow Library. Please let us know if we can be of further assistance via Ask a Glass Question ( or by email (, phone (607-438-5300), or text (607-821-4029).






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