Collection of Four Brass 'Trench Art' Military Caps or Kepis WWI
Dimensions: H 3,5 cm W 9 cm D 11 cm
Made from shell-cases and parts of uniform (button and cords).
The name 'trench art' brings up the image of a mud-spattered soldier in a soggy trench hammering out a souvenir for a loved one at home while dodging bullets and artillery shells. This is an appealing but very false conception of the reality of this art form. A few types of trench art could be made easily in a trench during lulls in the fighting, but the sawing, hammering and welding involved in making this trench art pieces would have been greeted with unwelcome hostile fire from the enemy. Trench art items made during the war were in fact created at a distance from the front line trenches either by soldiers at rest behind the front lines, by skilled artisans among the civilian population, by prisoners of war, or by soldiers convalescing from wounds as handicraft therapy made to pastime, to trade or to make money with.
I'm almost sure they're all German, but probably not made by Germans, because German soldiers were not allowed to make 'art' from their 'own' shell cases.
Top left and top right are made from shell cases dated December (Dez is a German abbreviation for Dezember) and February (Feb) 1916, for decoration they used little crowns, and real cord.
Bottom left is dated February 1915 and was produced (the shell case) in Polte, Magdeburg Germany, it has a brass eagle and a brass band for decoration.
Bottom right is dated November 1917 and is decorated with a copper uniform button, copper nails and a brass band.
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