I am proud to have a decent collection of early 20th century flechettes/aerial darts (and most/all are attributed to WWI)
Most have been seen in various articles…I would love to assemble some authoritative opinions as to ID’s and what countires they are attributable too (I have quite a few of them ID’d)
But here is my latest (common German version for reference)
And by the mere fact I have never seen anything like it…it seems suspect to be vintage WWI (and I am soliciting your opinions as to it’s originality)
My concerns?..the head appears to be brazed on…does that “date out” correctly for WWI?
(the fact that the tip has color remnants on it is “suspect”)…does it’s machining look right ? (lathe turned…time consuming eh ?)
Tail…same type of questions…machining look right for that period ?
Check out these 90 degree “folds” in the tail fins…look right ???
Couple others that I consider “suspect” (in my collection)
Any thoughts from our European IAA friends ??
(I know how easy it is to fake anything as primitive as these gravity weapons)
I would like to accrue enough info to write a Journal article and most references to WWI flechettes and aerial darts are buried in European Aviation texts of that period
I am all ears