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    Posted 13 years ago

    scottvez
    (977 items)

    This large 4" diameter artillery shell casing has been fashioned into a WW1 era hat.

    The hat badge is made from a British tunic button and the strap buttons are made from similar British cuff buttons. The chin strap is fashioned from scrap copper.

    The final product is striking in its realistic appearance. Based on the residue in the bottom it was most likely used as an ashtray.

    Scott

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    Comments

    1. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 13 years ago
      Very nice work and realistic
    2. scottvez scottvez, 13 years ago
      Thanks tom-- the copper strap almost looks like leather to me!
    3. scottvez scottvez, 13 years ago
      Thanks Stonie.
    4. scottvez scottvez, 13 years ago
      Thanks Ron, be sure to look at all my other trench art items posted.

      Scott
    5. scottvez scottvez, 13 years ago
      Thanks officialfuel.
    6. scottvez scottvez, 13 years ago
      Thanks Finelines.
    7. scottvez scottvez, 12 years ago
      Thanks Brock.

      Scott
    8. scottvez scottvez, 12 years ago
      Thanks for looking AmberRose.

      Scott
    9. scottvez scottvez, 12 years ago
      Thanks scandinavian, walksoftly and packrat.

      Scott
    10. scottvez scottvez, 12 years ago
      Thanks for looking petey!

      scott
    11. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
      Thanks much tom!

      scott
    12. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 5 years ago
      Really neat piece of trench art. Amazing what people can make from scrap.
    13. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
      Thanks much fhrjr2. Here is the US version:

      https://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/29130-ww1-trench-art-hat-ashtray

      scott
    14. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 5 years ago
      Thanks Scottvez, I never saw the American version. I used a good many casings as an ashtray when in base camp in Vietnam but never in camp long enough to try making anything. The motor pool crew that stayed behind seemed to be the only ones with time to build such things.
    15. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
      It wasn't done as often in VN and later wars. In my era keeping brass/ casings was heavily discouraged and often punished (even in war theater).

      As you say it was often done by folks in the rear (maintenance/ repair/ construction) who had not only the time, but also the equipment to create items and the spaces to store the items.

      scott

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