Posted 2 years ago
This trench art "cartridge letter opener" is typical of the post war souvenir trade.
The bullet has an applied crest (some have buttons).
The blade shows more hand work than is typically encountered. The blade is from a copper driving band (most are from shell brass). Additionally, the name "Arras" has been expertly cut from the copper, while most pieces will simply have the name punch engraved.
The Battle of Arras was fought in April and May of 1917, on the Western Front near the city of Arras. Troops from the UK, Canada, NZ, and Australia fought to break the German lines. The offensive pushed Allied lines but did not achieve a breakthrough.