WWI Trench Art Collection

Caumont Luisi

Trench art first appeared in the 19th century wars and flourished in the trenches of the First World War (1914-1918), primarily on the Western Front, which stretched from the North Sea coast of Belgium and France all the way to the Swiss border.

Trench art transformed whatever scrap metal littered the so-called No Manユs land, as well as behind the lines. It was born out of the troops need to keep themselves busy during the longs lulls between deadly attacks. Brass cannon shells were changed into vases for dried flowers and sent home to the loved-ones. Vast quantities of rings, bracelets, letter openers, desk accessories, matchbox holders, ashtrays and lighters were also created.



At the end of the war, those living around the devastated battle-grounds crafted commemorative vases and other mementos which were brought back home by war veterans. Some of the surpluses from ordnance factories were also made into personalized souvenirs.




With flowers and initials A and C