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 French World War I brass trench art vases, each approx 34 cm high (2)

Large & heavy French World War I trench art shell, approx 24 cm high

Pair of French World War I brass trench art vases, each approx 22 cm high (2)

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

Pair of World War I French trench Art vases, approx 29 cm high (2)

Pair of World War I brass shells converted into baluster form vases with hand beaten decoration, dated 1917, each approx 22 cm high (2)

WWI era trench art lidded box, with engraved decoration, 15 cm high approx.

Two WWI era trench art vases, one with naval anchor, 25 cm high (tallest) approx.

Pair of French World War I brass trench art vases, 25 cm high (2)

Pair of French World War I trench art vases, 35 cm high

Three French brass World War I trench art vases, each 23 cm high (3)

Trench art paper/ butter knife World War II / World War 2, approx 16 cm long

Two French World War I brass and copper trench art vases, Maria souvenir d' Alsace and Fernand Campagne 1914-1917, each approx 34 cm high (2)

Pair of French World War I trench art copper vases, approx 36 cm high (2)

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

Two trench art shell casings, 30 cm high approx (tallest), dated 1942, 1974

Pair of French brass World War I trench Art vases, dated 1914-1919 Paris, approx 34 cm high and smaller (2)

Two French copper trench Art vases, each approx 34 cm high (2)

French trench Art Lighthouse, constructed from bullets and other pieces, approx 25 cm high

Pair of French World War II trench Art brass vases, each approx 29 cm high (2)

Pair of French World War I brass trench Art vases, one embossed Cote and the other 304, for the Battle at Verdun Cote 304, each approx 35 cm high (2)

Pair of French brass embossed trench Art vases, one says souvenir, each approx 22 cm high (2)

Pair of small French brass World War I trench Art vases. One with Alsace Lorrainne and the other Souvinir grande Guerre, approx 9 cm high each (2)

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

Pair of antique French World War I trench Art vases with embossed decoration and crimped body, each approx 33 cm high (2)

Pair of French brass World War I trench Art vases, polished embossed with tulips or poppies, each approx 23 cm high (2)

Pair of French brass trench art vases, with twisted base and stamped Reims, each 35 cm high

Pair of French brass trench art vases, engraved Reims and Marne, each 23 cm high

Pair of World War I brass trench art vases, each 35 cm high (2)

ANZAC slouch hat trench art mounted on a wooden plinth probably an Army award, 16 cmL

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

Three World War I French trench art vases, approx 31 cm high & shorter (3)

Pair of World War I French brass trench art vases, decorated Holly. Each approx 28 cm high (2)

Two World War I brass shells converted into three legged tables with drawers, approx 13 cm high & 12 cm high (2)

Pair of World War I brass trench art vases decorated with flowers, each approx 35 cm high (2)

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