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.
A Collection of World War I items belonging to Private James Bird, including a World War I Victory medal awarded to '3/564 Prt. J.S. Bird. N.Z.E.F.' Private James Samuel Bird of Timaru, served with the New Zealand Medical Corps. He was drowned with
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