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    Posted 7 years ago

    scottvez
    (930 items)

    Just acquired another one of these Middle Eastern Trench art pieces. Much of it originated in Damascus.

    The base shell has been decorated with applied copper and silver. This particular example has an unusual addition in that the bottom has also been decorated.

    Most of the time the text will be from the Koran; however, I have not had it translated.

    This is only my third piece of this type. These are some of the most difficult trench art pieces to acquire as they normally bring very high prices.

    scott

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    1. scottvez scottvez, 7 years ago
      Thanks buss, nuts and david.

      scott
    2. scottvez scottvez, 7 years ago
      Thanks pat-- here is a link to another (much larger) example in my collection:

      http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/61505-ww1-trench-art-shell-from-damascus

      scott
    3. scottvez scottvez, 7 years ago
      Thanks again pat-- every few years, I am able to get a reasonably priced example.

      The larger one only set me back $75 and this one was about $100. I usually see them sell in the $400- $600 range, so I felt great about the prices.

      The quality of work is exceptional. In my opinion the Middle Eastern shell work sets the bar for WW1 trench art.

      scott
    4. scottvez scottvez, 7 years ago
      Thanks much for looking ted.

      Be sure to take a look at my other trench art postings on CW-- to include another Middle Eastern piece.

      scott
    5. scottvez scottvez, 7 years ago
      Thanks budek and jensen.

      scott
    6. scottvez scottvez, 7 years ago
      Thanks moon!

      scott
    7. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
      Thanks petey, vo, cind and bratjd.

      scott

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