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    Posted 2 years ago

    scottvez
    (934 items)

    Grouping of Trench Art pieces from Damascus.

    Dated 1918 and 1919. Typical of the area: silver and copper on brass.

    These came out of the UK-- many soldiers brought these home as souvenirs of service.

    Reproduction in any form prohibited.

    Scott

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    1. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
      Thanks much lori.

      scott
    2. IVAN49 IVAN49, 2 years ago
      Dorset Regiment cap badge given to or bought by local craftsmen.
      Interestingly,the year in front is 1919 and back in Arabic 1918.We can only speculate what happened;brass shells transformed in 1918 and then custom finished to a member of Dorset Regiment.
    3. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
      The cap badge is a nice addition-- probably from the soldier who purchased.

      My arabic reading isn't that great, but believe the dating on the shell is some variation of "1918- 9" an indication of time in the area.

      Unfortunately, these show the typical UK years of polishing. I am more of a fan of the "years of patina" (more often found with US souvenirs).

      scott
    4. IVAN49 IVAN49, 2 years ago
      It is amazing where boys left their bones.
      I have the embroidered silk handkerchief brought by Dorsets from Baghdad.
      At Suez in April 1918, 2nd Dorsets joined General Allenby’s Palestine campaign, fighting at Brown Hill on 19th September and in the subsequent advance on Nablus, north of Jerusalem. Within a month the Turks had been expelled from Damascus and Aleppo and made peace on 30th October 1918.
    5. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
      Thanks much ivan-- I am not familiar with British units.

      Sounds like the Rgt had some travels. If you haven't already posted it, I'd like to see the Baghdad silk.

      scott
    6. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
      Thanks much kiva and rene.

      scott
    7. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
      Thanks much michael.

      scott

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