The pipe and the caps on either end are made of sterling silver as are the letter spikes. The spikes are carefully ordered around the pipe and secured in place. The pipe is partially filled with gunpowder and a fuse inserted into one of the end caps as a means of igniting the powder. In theory, were such an explosion take place, letter spikes would be propelled toward anyone in the immediate area with the possibility of leaving their imprints. To my knowledge, the type bomb has not been field tested. It has, however, been exhibited at art galleries at Yale University and another in New York City. Please click here to view an image showing greater detail.
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