Original U.S. WWII Trench Art Captured Japanese Canteen Personalized by Roland Dobbs, Air Transport Command, As Featured In The Book “Trench Art, An Illustrated History” by Jane Kimball on Page 348

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Original Item: Only One 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.

Reference books are an essential part of any collector's knowledge and growth in their particular field of interest. The 2004 book “Trench Art, An Illustrated History” by Jane Kimball is a comprehensive study of Trench Art and does a wonderful job in presenting the historical context of trench art throughout history. The book covers about 400 pages and includes hundreds of illustrations as well as mountains of primary source material and original photographs that document the evolution, styles and construction of the trench art genre. This picture frame is found on page 348.

The caption from the page is a lovely description though the canteen is misidentified as being German:

“Japanese canteen decorated by Roland Dobbs of the US Army Air Transport Command to record his war service in the Pacific. Engraved with palm branches, a skull and crossbones, Mount Fuji, a flower, Atsugi Air Dome, Japan, Tokyo, Yokohama, Kobe Mount Fujiyama, Okinawa, Jima and the date 10/5/45. The verso is engraved San Francisco California U.S.A., Pearl Harbor Hawaii, Ulithi Islands S.P., and Manila Philippine Islands.”

The canteen is in wonderful condition and would make for an excellent research project.

Comes more than ready for display.

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