A capped Snout is an ignition device used in explosive demolitions to set off the larger main charge. These caps were ignited by a detonator and made a small explosion that then set off a much larger explosion when they ignited the primary explosive. In this diagram, the capped snout can be seen fitted to a spring powered pressure detonator:
The explosion the capped snout created was small, but still sufficient to blow a man’s hand off so careful storage and handling was essential and today we are looking at a metal tin that was used to store these capped snouts until they were ready to be used. It is a simple metal box to prevent knocks or sparks setting off the sensitive detonators and it has been painted dark green with black stencilled lettering:
The lettering on the front indicates that the box holds Type VI capped snouts and there is space for a packing date to be added. This example is not dated and came form a seller with a large batch of similarly marked examples leading me to conclude that it was never used and never packed with its intended contents:
Whilst this tin does not have any contents, it is an excellent addition to my small but growing wartime demolitions collection and their use for both clandestine operations and more open engineering projects in the war makes items such as this really interesting to track down for the collection.