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Trench art letter opener for the Battle of Arras (France, 1917)

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Trench Art187 of 268Help Needed to decipher this Trench Art engravingWW1 Soldiers wearing "Hate Belts" c. 1918
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Posted 6 years ago


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This trench art "cartridge letter opener" is typical of the post war souvenir trade.

The bullet has an applied crest (some have buttons).

The blade shows more hand work than is typically encountered. The blade is from a copper driving band (most are from shell brass). Additionally, the name "Arras" has been expertly cut from the copper, while most pieces will simply have the name punch engraved.

The Battle of Arras was fought in April and May of 1917, on the Western Front near the city of Arras. The offensive pushed Allied lines but did not achieve a breakthrough.



  1. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    Thanks FineLines, as always I appreciate your kind comments.

  2. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    Thanks ThriftyGypsy, tom, and knives.
  3. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
    Thanks bones.


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