Original U.S. WWI WWII Trench Art Lot - Pair WWI Picture Frames, Pair WWII Candlestick Holders

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 Included set are as follows:
(2) WWI Picture Frames: One of the frames was made from a 1915 dated shell casing and the date is clearly stamped on the back, the other however does not have a date present, but we imagine they were made around the same time. The frames are in lovely condition and both still have functioning stands attached to them as well as the circular glass inserts. The frames measure approximately 4” across.

(2) WWI Candlestick Holders: Both of the bases are marked as being 40mm Mk 2s and are dated 1944. The actual candle holder portions are made of a separate, smaller shell casing and appear to be .50 cal shell casings. The candlesticks measure 6” in height with a 2 ⅜” base. They are in lovely condition with minor verdigris buildup.

These items are absolutely beautiful and show the artistic capabilities of a “bored” soldier! Comes ready to display!
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