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Carved wood stylized WW1 machine gunner ash tray

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Posted 6 years ago


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I have no provenance that ties this to being a soldier carved piece, but because of the subject matter it goes nicely in my trench art collection.

The piece is carved from a single piece of wood and is 10" long and about 3 1/2" tall at the gunner.

The soldier with helmet sits behind what I would say is a Vickers WW1 era machine gun.

The style of carving of the soldier has a 1930s look to it (my opinion).

While the carving may have been made as a desk object, it appears to have been used for some time as an ash tray. The ashes have left a residue in the tray bottom and also to the bottom of the machine gun.



  1. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    Thanks for the Love Bogie. I'll have to get it down and check on the wood.

    Take a look at my other postings-- I have a lot of trench art items up.

  2. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    Thanks vetraio.
  3. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    Thanks Dan.

  4. nutsabotas6 nutsabotas6, 2 years ago
    Amazing workmanship that went into this piece!
  5. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    Thanks nuts-- appreciate you looking and commenting.


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