Posted 4 years ago
This is an amazing little 6 1/2" tank that came over from England. I've seen a lot of "trench art" tanks and very few have convinced me on originality as much as this one has. It has everything, patina on the brass hinge, unique hand-made imperfections, old thick grain wood, and most importantly a convincing inscription on the bottom. Even the nails are mismatched, some are brass, others are typical steel. There is faint, yet beautiful gold paint outlining the treads, which you can see very well in the 3rd image.
The guns have a really neat design where they are suspended from a nail inside round-edged holes in the tank. The soft edges allow the gun to be moved in all directions, even vertically. The hole in the cannon itself is much larger than the nail so it provides a lot of mobility. That is the reason the two on the sides probably fell off, there is only ~1/16th of wood holding it in place.
I had to make replacement cannons for the two sponsons, but I think I did a very good job matching the patina. I'm very pleased by how it looks (4th image).
I'm not sure about the inscription yet. It appears to be
All seem to be slightly different handwriting, which, if nothing else is convinces you, is probably the most significant clue to originality.
I absolutely love this little guy. Once I can nail down the names I might do some more research on them. I'd love to find out who actually made it.