Original U.S. WWII Inert M11A2 Practice Grenade Trench Art Lamp - Functional

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Original Item: Only One Available. This is a fantastic example of both an M11A2 practice rifle grenade and trench art. The rifle grenade is totally inert and is unable to be rendered live to be used as a destructive device. This item is in compliance with the current standards set out by the BATF governing inert ordnance.

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The practice of creating trench art is as old as military conflict itself. During the American Revolution, prisoners of war created ship models from the bones of their rations. Soldiers in the Civil War carved charms and trinkets from lead bullets. World War I brought the advent of "classic" examples of trench art—and gave name to the pastime—as changes in technology presented soldiers with the material that best characterized the art form: the brass cartridge. During World War II, a more mechanized army offered increased access to the tools needed to fashion trench art, and the artifacts became more varied in form and were produced in greater quantity.

The lamp is rather simple in design, but has a unique beauty about its appearance. It features a lovely wooden base with 3 .50 caliber rounds surrounding the practice grenade which acts as the main body and houses the electrical wiring for the lightbulb. The grenade still retains all original black paint and white stenciling which dates the grenade as 1-44.

A lovely example that comes more than ready for a lampshade and display!

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