Posted 9 years ago
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.
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