Ancient Glass Blog of The Allaire Collection


Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on January 3, 2016

This is a fire grenade made by the General Fire Extinguisher Co. in NY and was called the Harkness Fire Destroyer (1871-1892). A fire grenade is a fire extinguisher in a glass bottle. Containers like this one held liquid chemicals and were thrown at the base of the fire so the bottle would smash and release the chemicals, putting out the fire. This dark blue bottle still contains the extinguishing fluid of an unknown composition. Early ones used salt-water, and ones made after 1910 used mainly carbon-tetrachloride which was inexpensive and effective. After 1950 carbon-tetrachloride could no longer be used in glass fire grenades because of its chemical toxicity. Exposure to high concentrations of this damages the nervous system and internal organs. Additionally, when used on a fire, the heat can convert CTC to Phosgene gas, formerly used as a chemical weapon in World War One.

H: 6 ½ inches

22a Fire Grenada Bottle

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