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    Posted 9 years ago

    scottvez
    (933 items)

    These trench art shells with copper and silver inlays of Arabic verse (usually from the Koran, but I have not have this translated yet) are highly prized among trench art collectors.

    I have been collecting for over 30 years and have never had an opportunity to purchase an affordable example.

    My luck just changed!

    This particular shell stands about 20" tall and about 4.25" diameter. The base is marked by the maker: "Polte, Magdeberg" for the Krupp Company and it is dated "JUL, 1917".

    Many of these type of shells are known to have been made in Damascus, Syria, but I believe there were other makers in the Middle East. The workmanship is amazing. The ability to work with the copper and silver on the brass was truly fine art among these gifted craftsman. This type of shell decoration continued well after the end of the War.

    Reproduction of these images in any form is not authorized.

    Scott

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    Comments

    1. fossilhunter fossilhunter, 9 years ago
      Lucky You. This is Gorgeous.
    2. scottvez scottvez, 9 years ago
      Thanks hunter-- I appreciate your comment and love.

      scott
    3. scottvez scottvez, 9 years ago
      Thanks bruce and mikko.

      scott
    4. scottvez scottvez, 9 years ago
      Thanks for looking vetraio.

      scott
    5. inky inky, 9 years ago
      This lovely I love it!....:-)
    6. scottvez scottvez, 9 years ago
      Thanks inky-- I appreciate you looking and commenting.

      scott
    7. scottvez scottvez, 9 years ago
      Thanks for looking walksoftly.

      scott
    8. scottvez scottvez, 9 years ago
      Thanks tom.

      scott
    9. scottvez scottvez, 9 years ago
      Thanks for looking doc and packrat.

      scott
    10. scottvez scottvez, 9 years ago
      Thanks manikin.

      scott
    11. scottvez scottvez, 9 years ago
      Thanks musik.

      scott
    12. scottvez scottvez, 9 years ago
      Thanks bill!

      scott
    13. scottvez scottvez, 9 years ago
      Thanks for looking p...!

      scott
    14. scottvez scottvez, 7 years ago
      Thanks for looking pat!

      Here is a recently acquired example of this work:

      http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/148338-ww1-damascus-trench-art-with-koran-quota?in=activity

      scott

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