Original U.S. WWI Brass Trench Art Lot Featuring Château-Thierry Engraved Letter Opener - 4 Items

Item Description

Original Items: Only One Lot of 4 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.

The Items In This Lot:

- Prussian Belt Buckle Center Napkin Ring: Wonderful condition with minor deformity.

- Prussian Belt Buckle Center Matchbox Holder: A wonderful example that still has an empty wooden Swiss made matches box.

- St. Mihiel Engraved Letter Opener: The letter opener measures approximately 8 ¼” in length and features two Prussian roundel insignias sandwiched together with a brass “blade” in between them. The base/handle of the opener is an expended round with brass bullet.

- Ch- Thierry Letter Opener: This is another lovely example of a letter opener, but features CH-THIERRY engraved on the blade. Items related to this battle and area during WWI are extremely difficult to come across!

All wonderful items ready for further research and display.

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