In 1858 , Orsini, an italian guy, tried to kill the emperor French emperor Louis Napoleon Bonaparte with special grenades.
He and 2 friends threw 3 grenades.
Many people (150) were injuried but the emperor was safe because the carosse was armored.
The grenades he used are not exactly the same model as shown below but are acting on the same principle.
Orsini was an italian patriot and a revolutionnaire and he fought a lot in Italy before he came to France.
This was not the first time he used such grenades when he came to france
The body is in iron and caps are put on the small brass tube.
This grenade is coming from Italy where 5 ones were discovered in the wall of an old house.
Three went to museum, one to a friend and this is the last one.
If interested make offer;
This is rare among the rarest (Is it good english?)