Learn about Trench Art

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.

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Pair of World War I brass trench art vases, titled Lorraine & Alsace, each approx 35 cm high (2)

Pair of World War I brass Trench art vases, Embossed Verdun 1917, each approx 28.5 cm H (2)

Pair of World War I brass trench art vases, Titled Lorraine & Alsace, each approx 35 cm H (2)

Pair of World War I brass trench art vases, crimped and embossed, 34.5 cm high (2)

Old Trench art brass ashtray, figural warship sitting on base of shell with waves

Pair of Antique French World War I copper trench art vases (2)

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 German WW1 trench art cigarette lighter made from a military belt buckle. 5 cm

World War II trench art copper & brass map of Australia, 30 cm wide

Pair of World War I brass trench art vases, embossed foliage decoration (2) 23 cm high

Pair of World War I brass trench art vases,embossed with leafy brances, 23.5 cm high (2)

Pair of World War I brass trench art vases, each embossed with oak trees, 35 cm high

Pair of World War I French trench art vases, each decorated with deer in landscape (2)

Three WWI trench art shell casings, with intricate Middle Eastern decoration

Burberry beige trench coat in swing style, below the knee with Burberry check lining

Trench art ashtray, bakelite clock with R. A. A. F presentation plaque & a tankard. (3 items)

A collection of four brass trench art shell case vases, French, circa 1915. The tallest 35 cm high

Pair of French World War I trench Art vases, each approx 34 cm high (2)

World War II trench art Hudson Bomber (base dated 1942) Pair of 75mm shell cases

Pair of small French World War I trench art vases (2) 9.5 cm high

Pair of French World War I trench art vases (2) 34 cm high

WW2 Trench Art Coffin Game (Hitler, Tojo, Mussolini),handmade wood coffin with three mummies.with instructions provided.

Pair of World War I French trench Art vases, each approx 35 cm high (2)

Brass jardiniere along with a trench Art example, approx 10 cm high (2)

Pair of French trench Art copper vases, each approx 23 cm high (2)

Trench Art: Pair of WORLD WAR I period artillery shells with floral motifs. 30 cm

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

Australian Army trench coat, David Klein Pty. Ltd., Victoria 1967, Size 10. As New condition

Pair of German World War I trench art frames made from bullets, approx 16 cm high

Pair of World War I trench art vases made from artillery shells. (2)

Pair of World War I trench art vases with fluted bodies, made from artillery shells(2)

Pair of World War I Trench art vases, one embossed 'Verdun' (2)

Choice lot of twelve items of small World War I trench art, lighters, name stamps, etc

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