Posted 6 years ago
I have no provenance that ties this to being a soldier carved piece, but because of the subject matter it goes nicely in my trench art collection.
The piece is carved from a single piece of wood and is 10" long and about 3 1/2" tall at the gunner.
The soldier with helmet sits behind what I would say is a Vickers WW1 era machine gun.
The style of carving of the soldier has a 1930s look to it (my opinion).
While the carving may have been made as a desk object, it appears to have been used for some time as an ash tray. The ashes have left a residue in the tray bottom and also to the bottom of the machine gun.