Original French WWI Trench Art Picture Frame Made From Scrap Brass As Featured In The Book “Trench Art, An Illustrated History” by Jane Kimball on Page 176

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. Trench art is any decorative item made by soldiers, prisoners of war, or civilians where the manufacture is directly linked to armed conflict or its consequences. It offers an insight not only to their feelings and emotions about the war, but also their surroundings and the materials they had available to them.

Not limited to the World Wars, the history of trench art spans conflicts from the Napoleonic Wars to the present day. Although the practice flourished during World War I, the term 'trench art' is also used to describe souvenirs manufactured by service personnel during World War II. Some items manufactured by soldiers, prisoners of war or civilians during earlier conflicts have been retrospectively described as trench art.

Reference books are an essential part of any collector's knowledge and growth in their particular field of interest. The 2004 book “Trench Art, An Illustrated History” by Jane Kimball is a comprehensive study of Trench Art and does a wonderful job in presenting the historical context of trench art throughout history. The book covers about 400 pages and includes hundreds of illustrations as well as mountains of primary source material and original photographs that document the evolution, styles and construction of the trench
art genre. This picture frame is found on page 176.

The caption from the page is a lovely description:
“Picture frame made from scrap hrass and two rifle cartridges and bullers by a French soldier to send home to lis family. Engraved with a French Adrian helner at the top. "87e d'Infanterie and two flarning grenades with a wreath of laurel leaves. 8 in. high by 6 in, wide”

The overall condition is quite nice with some light surface scratches and bends. There is no glass insert to protect any images you wish to use the frame for.

A lovely example ready for further research and display.

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