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Trench & Ammo Art

Trench Art refers to objects made during WW1. They are most commonly vases, lamps and lighters made out of ammuation (shells & bullets) and out of local European coins from that time frame. Ammo Art usually refers to items from WW2 and includes airplanes, ashtrays and lighters made from ammunation.

Both catagories were often made by GIs to help pass the time and bordom of life in the trenches or foxholes.

WW1 Victory Lamp

This is a Victory Lamp made to celebrate the cease fire on November 11, 1918. It is made out of a 75MM shell which was a survivor of the Morgan Depot Explosion on October 4, 1918. It is interesting to note the poem that was engraved into the shell "They shall beat thier swords into plowshares and thier spears into pruning hooks. Nation shall not lift up sword upon nation, neither shall they lean war anymore."

The Morgan Depot Explosion lasted for three days and it killed more than 100 people and destroyed more than 300 buildings. Marshall law was declared and three towns (over 62,000 residents) in New Jersey were ordered evacuated. These towns included Sayeville, South Amboy and Perth Amboy. The ammunation that blew up could have supplied the entire Western Front for six months. It is still considered one of the largest non nuclear explosions in world history. In 1994 and again in 1997 unexploded shells were found near the Dwight D. Eisenhower Elementary School and these finds sparked an intensive search by the US Army Corps of Engineers which turned up approximately 5,080 unexploded pieces of ordinance.

This lamp does not include wiring or a harp but is otherwise all set to be rewired. It includes the poem quoted above as well as the word "Victory" and the date of the cease fire "November 11, 1918". It also has a label on the inside bottom identifying it as a survivor of the Morgan Depot explosion.



Trench Art Vase

This vase was made by a dough boy (GI) US Army Soldier in the trenches in France during WW1 and was made out of a spent brass cannon shell casing. It is marked "1914-1918 and YPres". It does have a hole in the side and on the bottom so that it could easily be converted into a lamp which was a common thing to do with Trench and Ammo Art.

The top diameter is approximately 3.25 inches, the bottom diameter is approximately 4 inches and it is 11.5 inches tall.

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WW1 Trench Art USN Sailor & Eagle item# 9FA1000

This is one of the finer pieces of WW1 trench art you will find. It was probably made by a sailor or a returning doughboy and made on a Navy warship. It is made out of a spent brass shell casing and features an American Eagle with a star on one side and a WW1 sailer in full uniforn and sidearm while standing at attention on the other side. It also features "USN" for United States Navy. It does have a low center hole and bottom hole for conversion to a lamp if desired. The carver of this item was obviously a trained sculptor or artist and no ordinary sailor or soldier.

It has a top diameter of 2.5 inches, a bottom diameter of 4 inches and stands about 15 inches tall. Our price include free shipping anywhere within the USA and an additional charge of $45 to ship anywhere outside of the USA via US Priority International Mail.


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