Original U.S. WWI M1917 Helmet and 75mm Field Gun Shell Swords to Ploughshares Table Lamp
Original Item: One-of-a-kind. This is a fantastic functional (yes, it really works) table lamp that was constructed from a World War One 75mm Field Cannon shell and a U.S. M1917 British Produced Brodie Helmet. The steel shell is mounted on a brass base. In the center of the shell it is clearly engraved:
The copper band that runs around the base of the shell is also engaged as follows:
They shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
The lamp stands 19 inches tall and the helmet has an 11 inch diameter.
Swords to ploughshares (or Swords to plowshares) is a concept in which military weapons or technologies are converted for peaceful civilian applications.
The phrase originates from the Old Testament of the Bible in the Book of Isaiah:
And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and He will teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. And He shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.—Isaiah 2:3–4
The ploughshare is often used to symbolize creative tools that benefit humankind, as opposed to destructive tools of war, symbolized by the sword, a similar sharp metal tool with an arguably opposite use.
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