Fire extinguisher grenade made by the Nutting Fire Grenade company of Minneapolis, Minnesota. The spherical yellow glass flask has a neck sealed with either lead or wax and cork. A paper label affixed to one side reads, “How to Use / In case of Fire throw or / break the / GRENADE / So the contents will be / scattered in the / Flame.” The paper label affixed to the neck reads “DIAMOND”. The bottle contains a fluid with some particle sediment; it is probably carbon tetrachloride. The fire grenade was hung from a nail at the top of a door frame in the upstairs apartment at the Dahlgren Brothers General Store in Onamia, Minnesota, by the wire loop around the neck of the bottle. Manufactured circa 1908.
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