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Posted 3 years ago

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scottvez
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This trench art piece was made from a large section of an artillery round.

The shrapnel has been shaped and polished on one end, so it can be used as a letter opener.

These were very popular souvenir items during the war and during the post war battle field tourism boom.

This particular piece of shrapnel retained a small section of the copper driving band. Letter openers with remnants of the driving band are much more desirable for collectors.

If you like this please visit my other posts-- I have dozens of trench art items posted on Collectors Weekly.

Scott

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  1. scottvez scottvez, 3 years ago
    Link to another I have posted with an finely engraved blade:

    http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/28186-ww1-trench-art-shrapnel-letter-opener-wi?in=user

    Scott
  2. scottvez scottvez, 3 years ago
    Thanks for the love walksoftly.

    Scott
  3. Dr_Rambow Dr_Rambow, 3 years ago
    I believe the correct term is "shell fragment" since shrapnel refers only to the type of "shot" found in certain rounds. Learned that when researching my shrapnel shell a while back.

    Very cool. I agree, the driving band makes this thing amazing.
  4. scottvez scottvez, 3 years ago
    Thanks Doc. Both "shrapnel" and "shell fragment" would be correct.

    While there are specific shells called "shrapnel shells"-- shrapnel is the accepted term for fragments from an exploded artillery shell, mine, or bomb.

    Scott
  5. scottvez scottvez, 3 years ago
    Thanks for looking mikko.

    Scott
  6. scottvez scottvez, 3 years ago
    Thanks for looking pencap-- I have several other shrapnel letter openers currently posted!

    Scott
  7. scottvez scottvez, 3 years ago
    Thanks again bones!

    scott
  8. scottvez scottvez, 3 years ago
    Thanks for looking petey and gatekeeper.

    Scott
  9. scottvez scottvez, 12 months ago
    Thanks for looking tom!

    scott
  10. scottvez scottvez, 12 months ago
    Thanks for looking dan!

    scott
  11. scottvez scottvez, 12 months ago
    Thanks for looking jono!

    scott

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