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Posted 2 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, 2 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, 2 years ago
    Thanks for the love walksoftly.

    Scott
  3. Dr_Rambow Dr_Rambow, 2 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, 2 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, 2 years ago
    Thanks for looking mikko.

    Scott
  6. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    Thanks for looking pencap-- I have several other shrapnel letter openers currently posted!

    Scott
  7. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    Thanks again bones!

    scott
  8. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    Thanks for looking petey and gatekeeper.

    Scott
  9. scottvez scottvez, 7 months ago
    Thanks for looking tom!

    scott
  10. scottvez scottvez, 7 months ago
    Thanks for looking dan!

    scott
  11. scottvez scottvez, 7 months ago
    Thanks for looking jono!

    scott

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