Trench art obtained its name from soldiers who would bide their time while stationed overseas, or possibly in the trenches, by creating pieces of art using materials they had available to them, mainly bomb and/or bullet casings, local coins, scrap metal. Small items, such as rings and bracelets/charms, were also made by these soldiers. Also, wounded soldiers were often encouraged to utilize this type of art as part of their therapy when recovering from battle wounds.
This wonderful example of the souvenirs of dreadful wars commemorates the liberation of Manila PI from the Japanese in 1945. It could be the product of an American GI or one of the Manila artists and vendors who sold their wares to the liberating forces to bring home as a souvenir of their victory. It has a lovely engraved motif on the shoulders of the ring as well as surrounding "Manila". It may be silver but has not been tested; the history and quality of the piece is more important. Size 11 - 11 1/4 in great vintage condition with no noted damages.
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