Trench Art is the name given to objects manufactured by both soldiers and civilians from shell casings, bullets, shrapnel and miscellaneous battlefield debris, and is predominantly associated with World War I (1914 – 18). The most common material used for trench art are brass shell casings, which, once decorated, can be utilised as vases. Other metal items include cigarette cases, lighters, ashtrays, and cast model aeroplanes. Often the items will bear an inscription such as the name of a French village or theatre of war and engraved decoration or embossing. Another softer form of trench art is embroidered and painted textiles. Also produced by civilians and soldiers (needlework was considered good therapy for those convalescing in nursing homes), these textiles range from silk postcards to large pictures and wall hangings, often featuring regimental crests.
US M3 trench knife with scabbard. 295mm overall with 170mm partially double edged blade stamped 'U.S. M3-Utica', (see 'U.S. Military Knives, Bayonets & Machetes. Book III' by M.H. Cole, page 97, no.22). Steel cross guard and pommel, stacked leather grip. U
A 20th century Japanese brass trench Art lighter with two wicks. a 20th century Japanese brass trunk lighter with two wicks characters stamped to base. Provenance: From the private collection of an Australian diplomat 9 cm high, 9 cm diameter
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