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    Posted 9 years ago

    scottvez
    (933 items)

    This trench art piece was made from a large section of an artillery round.

    The shrapnel has been shaped and polished on one end, so it can be used as a letter opener.

    These were very popular souvenir items during the war and during the post war battle field tourism boom.

    This particular piece of shrapnel retained a small section of the copper driving band. Letter openers with remnants of the driving band are much more desirable for collectors.

    If you like this please visit my other posts-- I have dozens of trench art items posted on Collectors Weekly.

    Scott

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    1. scottvez scottvez, 9 years ago
      Link to another I have posted with an finely engraved blade:

      http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/28186-ww1-trench-art-shrapnel-letter-opener-wi?in=user

      Scott
    2. scottvez scottvez, 9 years ago
      Thanks for the love walksoftly.

      Scott
    3. Dr_Rambow Dr_Rambow, 9 years ago
      I believe the correct term is "shell fragment" since shrapnel refers only to the type of "shot" found in certain rounds. Learned that when researching my shrapnel shell a while back.

      Very cool. I agree, the driving band makes this thing amazing.
    4. scottvez scottvez, 9 years ago
      Thanks Doc. Both "shrapnel" and "shell fragment" would be correct.

      While there are specific shells called "shrapnel shells"-- shrapnel is the accepted term for fragments from an exploded artillery shell, mine, or bomb.

      Scott
    5. scottvez scottvez, 9 years ago
      Thanks for looking mikko.

      Scott
    6. scottvez scottvez, 9 years ago
      Thanks for looking pencap-- I have several other shrapnel letter openers currently posted!

      Scott
    7. scottvez scottvez, 9 years ago
      Thanks again bones!

      scott
    8. scottvez scottvez, 9 years ago
      Thanks for looking petey and gatekeeper.

      Scott
    9. scottvez scottvez, 8 years ago
      Thanks for looking tom!

      scott
    10. scottvez scottvez, 8 years ago
      Thanks for looking dan!

      scott
    11. scottvez scottvez, 8 years ago
      Thanks for looking jono!

      scott
    12. bengaline, 8 months ago
      I just joined here so I could comment on this. My father, a WWII vet, died three months ago and in his things I found a shrapnel letter opener, with a monogram on the blade. How can I find out more about it? I don't know if it is a personal souvenir or just something he picked up along the way, or even which war it is from. He had it in a bag along with a WWII military scalpel. He had two purple hearts from separate battles in France.
    13. scottvez scottvez, 8 months ago
      Sorry for your loss.

      Post your letter opener and I am sure you will get some comments about it.

      Feel free to update me once you have posted it.

      scott
    14. bengaline, 8 months ago
      Thank you -- I will when I can! New to this still.

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