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World War 1 Trench Art cap dated 1915
Probably made by a soldier in the trenches during the first World War from a 4.5 inch Howitzer brass shell case this heavy officers cap ashtray is a great example of Trench Art.
The shell case has been very lightly cleaned and is dated 1915.
The cap has been made by cutting down and shaping the shell case, applying a copper chin strap, buttons at each side and engraving.
The buttons are interesting as have a lion rampant design and limited research indicates that these may be from a Bavarian Reservists tunic. The front of the cap is engraved with "SOUVENIR YPRES" with a spray of leaves below.
Overall a superb large (over 13cms in diameter) heavy and highly collectable piece of trench art.