M Y C O L L E C T I O N — Featured today are two brass artillery shells that have been machined into flower vases. This is a genre of art known as "trench art" and consists of using war time materiel for peaceful uses such as pencil holders, vases, sculptures etc. I'm not positive, but I'm pretty sure my father made these after the war. My Dad was quite handy with all sorts of machines, and while he concentrated on working with wood in later years, restoring antiques and the like, he was quite familiar with working with metal. He even cast his own fishing weights! I have six of these empty brass casings, which have dates on the bottom ranging from 1940-43. The larger one is close to ten inches high and has a 40mm stamp on the bottom, while the shorter one is closer to six inches tall. There is no "mm" mark on the smaller one. I really love the idea of making something beautiful out of something that was created to be used to destroy, kill and maim.
I suppose they could have been bought at some PX, too, lol.
- For a bit more on Trench Art, click here.