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Trench Art Steven Booth collection
(past and present)

This tobacco jar was the first Trench Art piece I owned; gifted to me in 1978, inspiring me to start collecting Great War Trench Art....

Care involves dusting and removing the occasional spider hiding within shellcasings !

The pine cones were taken by me in 2012 from Vimy Ridge, Thiepval, Monchy le Preux, Newfoundland Park and Ploegsteert Wood. They seem to compliment the central crucifix (engraved "Ypres") and surrounding objects -
the clock is set at 11 o'clock in memory of the Armistice at
11 o'clock on 11th. November 1918

The solitary Horse Brass pinned under the photo frame is the only one I have ever seen, engraved from WW1. I would have thought many more were produced from battlefield scrap, in memory of the hundreds of thousands of innocent horses and mules which perished serving Man's
"folly of war"......

This very large and heavy shellcase made into a gong, is engraved "Picked-up at La Vallee Mulatre December 1918" - a village South of Le Cateau, Aisne, Picardy, captured by 1st Northants on 17th October 1918.
Although "Peace" and the Armistice followed 4 weeks later, a William Dunlop (39th Brigade Royal Field Artillery) was killed in action at Le Cateau on 30 October 1918 - just 12 days before "Peace" !

The horizontal shellcases are designed to hold dried flowers (2nd shelf down) - a rare find these days !

p.s. the candlestick (above) is an imposter !

This display shows some engraved aluminium souvenir timbales, and I hope to expand this collection in time....

Bullet crucifixes were made and sold as souvenirs for Battlefield Tourists post-war: the one on the far right depicts the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres (Designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield and built by the British Government; the Menin Gate Memorial was unveiled on 24 July 1927).

Below: various images of Remembrance........

(Above & below): My "Tower of London" ceramic Poppy, fixed to a piece of sea driftwood I picked up at Cleveleys, Lancashire in March 2016.

(above): March 2016 addition - a pair of "75 DEC" painted casings... glorious colour !

(below): Aluminium Goblets and Timbales, all engraved with Poilu (French Soldier) Names and/or Greetings....!!!



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