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    Posted 5 years ago

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    This is a birthday gift of Vincent's, a great hand made money box, made in a basic form of a Mark IV or Mark V British tank, circa WW1.
    There are only a few screws in the tank, little straight blade brass ones, and the rest is held together with what looks like steel shoe tacks.
    I don't know the wood type but it all has a lovely patina.
    Heat etched on the bottom is TH 2655.

    My question is: would this be trench art? It certainly is very rustic and the materials would have been available to a trenchman.
    Would the TH be the makers initials and what is the relevance of the 2655?
    Ideas? Opinions?
    Thanks all!

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    1. Newfld Newfld, 5 years ago
      That is such a cool wood tank-shaped box, what an incredible original design, and a super BD gift
    2. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      This has to be the coolest and most unique money box I've ever seen.
    3. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 5 years ago
      very cool find!
    4. fortapache fortapache, 5 years ago
      I had a feeling it was Vincent's. If it is made out of old military this and that it would be trench art.
    5. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 5 years ago
      This is great Karen! I would say it is trench art and the number is probably The service number of T H.......
    6. racer4four racer4four, 5 years ago
      Thanks Jenni, it's a cool old thing!

    7. racer4four racer4four, 5 years ago
      Scott it's in use already, so clearly it is a useful, cool thing. Thanks for the comment and love of course!
    8. racer4four racer4four, 5 years ago
      Thanks Ho2. I found it at the monthly antique and collectors market here. The seller was a great character!
    9. racer4four racer4four, 5 years ago
      Vincent, like you, has his own bent Fort. The world needs the individual ones.
      I think it's trench art too, but like the support thanks.
    10. racer4four racer4four, 5 years ago
      I felt the number was probably something military too Judy, but like to have reinforcements! I had a go searching online but it seems most WWI records for GB have been destroyed, and AIF records didn't match. We may never know.
    11. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
      Great tank! It is very well done.

      I collect trench art with intensity. For it to be trench art it must be made from war refuse-- "Swords into Plowshares". Since the small pins are boot tacks, I'd consider it trench art. It would look great displayed with other trench art pieces or other souvenirs.

      The number is too short for a service number, so I'd think that it represents something else.

      Thanks for sharing.

    12. betweenthelens betweenthelens, 5 years ago
    13. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 5 years ago
      Fantastic treasure box, really love this !~
    14. racer4four racer4four, 5 years ago
      Thanks Thomas, so nice hearing from you!
    15. racer4four racer4four, 5 years ago
      Thanks for the confirmation Scott. I was hoping you would see and comment as I know of you as our resident trench art collector and expert.
      It's a great piece, and Vincent has it with his other WWI tanks, including his Bank in a Tank, and his ceramic shield tanks.
      I appreciate your input, thanks again.
    16. racer4four racer4four, 5 years ago
      Thanks BTL and Phil. Glad you both saw this and loved it!
    17. KKK KKK, 5 years ago
      Excellent, it's Different.
    18. Duke66, 4 years ago
      I have one the same, in really good condition, with T.H on it and the number 763 ????
    19. Harst, 2 years ago
      I have seen a simelar wooden tank money box.
      Etched on the bottom is TH 1526.
      The number is probily not a service number
    20. racer4four racer4four, 2 years ago
      Thanks Harst.
      TH may have been the woodworker and his own numbering system, or it all could mean any number of a million things!
      More info always helps thanks.
    21. AnythingObscure AnythingObscure, 1 year ago
      At a glance, I wondered if it'd be a 'tip box' for the bar at a VFW post or somesuch, presumably custom made by the TH...??
    22. racer4four racer4four, 1 year ago
      It’s a possibility AO.
      I think it’s a very British piece even though it’s here in Aus.
      Thanks for having a look and giving me another idea.

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