Original Rare Russian WWI Trench Art Artillery Shells (Dated 1907 & 1914) - Matched Set
Original Items: Only Set Available. This is the very first set of Trench Art Artillery Shells we have ever seen decorated as Trench Art! Most likely a souvenir from an American Serving in the Siberian Expedition fighting the Bolsheviks in the North Russia Campaign of 1918-1919. The shells retain all their original Russian markings, are each dated (one 1907, and the other 1914-1915), and are profusely marked with arsenal and inspector stamps. This is a matched set of Trench Art, each decorated with the same Bird/Floral Pattern of design. A beautiful set of rare Trench Art shell casings!
All examples are lovely and ready to be polished and displayed!
Casings measure approximately 14 ½” tall x 3 ½” wide at the base.
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 I. Some items manufactured by soldiers, prisoners of war or civilians during earlier conflicts have been retrospectively described as trench art.
All items are completely inert and are in compliance with the current BATF standards on inert ordnance.
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