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I am offering a wonderful vintage WW11 Trench Art crucifix made of brass shell casings. I had a hard time dating this piece, as there were no markings to go off of, therefore I measured the longest casing I could find on this piece, which measured at approx 95mm. Based on that, I researched when the 95mm casings were most commonly used and I came to the conclusion that this piece is likely WW11 era and German made. Furthermore, WW11 trench art appeared to be simpler than that of WW1. If this is earlier, I would love to know-However I am not an expert on ammunition so I will go with the safest assumption!
I believe this to be true Trench Art, and not a WW2 era piece designed for commercial or "souvenir" sale. It is original and rough around the edges. It is simple, yet persuasive in its image. The legs are bent so nicely and It has been wonderfully soldered in a way that suggests it was for use as opposed to decor, and was used by its creator for inspiration and hope. There is a small hole behind so that the owner may place it on a nail hook on the wall. What makes this item unique is that It is unlike any other German made trench art crucifixes I have seen.
Provenance: I purchased this at an antique not for profit pop-up shop here in Los Angeles that sold antique items donated by collectors and the like. It was grouped along with other WW1 and WW11 items such as bullets, shell casings, photos, etc.
Measurements: This measures 7" in length and roughly 6.5" in width at the arms. This piece weighs approx 10 oz.
Condition: This piece is in excellent condition and shows its signs of age with patina and oxidation inside of the shells.
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Vintage WW11 Trench Art-Image of Christ, Crucifix-German