Posted 2 years ago
Aluminum trench art bracelets were a very popular souvenir and gift item in the Pacific theater during WW2.
USN examples are more typically encountered. The USMC bracelets are much more desirable and bring a significantly higher price.
While most are sold as being from a Japanese Zero, I believe a lot of that was just era salesmanship. During the War a bracelet from a zero would get more attention and interest, just as it does today. The aluminum could have just as easily come from a US aircraft or unused repair sheeting.
These were made in Navy shipboard shops as well as Navy and SEABEE land based shops.
This particular example bears a representation of the USMC Eagle, Globe, and Anchor. It also has "New Caledonia" on the side.