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Antique 1910’s WWI Trench Art Ashtray

Antique 1910’s WWI trench art ashtray

This unique ashtray was crafted by hand out of a brass artillery shell!

To escape the daily stress of war and boredom in the trenches during the First World War, soldiers would distract themselves through the production of art. Appropriately named “Trench art”, soldiers would express their feelings by hand crafting sculptures and other decorative items by repurposing materials that were available to them; such as bullets, shell casings and ammunition boxes. Limited in both these materials, and tools, soldier had to be very resourceful, which gives the artform its rough and naive character.

This special piece can still be used but would also make the perfect addition to any WWI collection!

After more than a century the ashtray remains in worn condition. Over the years it acquired a beautiful oxidized patina that only adds to its rough charm! It has been treated with antique wax to give the surface a protective layer and a subtle glossy finish.

Height: 12 cm
Diameter: 4.5 cm

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Time period

Early 1900's


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