Posted 10 years ago
This 11" long piece of battlefield shrapnel was worked into a beautiful souvenir letter opener.
The clip point blade has been polished smooth, plated and then engraved on each side.
One side bears a monument/ "L.G." with a cross at the top and lions at the base-- the coat of arms for the city of Liege, Belgium.
The other side bears the date of 1914 along with the initials "J.M.T."-- probably the maker.
The intricate engraving really sets this example apart from the typical shrapnel piece.