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Trench Art80 of 233WW II ERA TRENCH ARTWW1 Artillery Shrapnel letter opener trench art
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Posted 2 years ago

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scottvez
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These trench art shells with copper and silver inlays of Arabic verse (usually from the Koran, but I have not have this translated yet) are highly prized among trench art collectors.

I have been collecting for over 30 years and have never had an opportunity to purchase an affordable example.

My luck just changed!

This particular shell stands about 20" tall and about 4.25" diameter. I suspect it is from a 105mm gun-- but it may be a larger gun. The base is marked by the maker: "Polte, Magdeberg" for the Krupp Company and it is dated "JUL, 1917".

Many of these type of shells are known to have been made in Damascus, Syria, but I believe there were other makers in the Middle East. The workmanship is amazing. The ability to work with the copper and silver on the brass was truly fine art among these gifted craftsman. This type of shell decoration continued well after the end of the War.

Reproduction of these images in any form is not authorized.

Scott

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  1. fossilhunter fossilhunter, 2 years ago
    Lucky You. This is Gorgeous.
  2. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    Thanks hunter-- I appreciate your comment and love.

    scott
  3. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    Thanks bruce and mikko.

    scott
  4. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    Thanks for looking vetraio.

    scott
  5. inky inky, 2 years ago
    This lovely I love it!....:-)
  6. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    Thanks inky-- I appreciate you looking and commenting.

    scott
  7. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    Thanks for looking walksoftly.

    scott
  8. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    Thanks tom.

    scott
  9. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    Thanks for looking doc and packrat.

    scott
  10. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    Thanks manikin.

    scott
  11. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    Thanks musik.

    scott
  12. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    Thanks bill!

    scott
  13. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    Thanks for looking p...!

    scott

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