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    Of course we can't forget Korea!
    "Chick" must not have liked Korea very much!
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    Quote Originally Posted by kfields View Post
    Of course we can't forget Korea!
    "Chick" must not have liked Korea very much!
    My father would most certainly agree with "Chick". Some of the stories we've pried out of him, with him speaking very reluctantly, have made me shiver...and it wasn't from the cold.
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    Maybe not technically trench art, but when mu uncle was stationed with SAC in turkey in the 50s he bought several platters made from howitzer shells. He gave one to my mom. It is 5 ft across and hangs above the fireplace at my parent's house. It is similar to this one but the engraving is much more intricate on m parents plate.
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    picked this up at the local swap meet. says juli 1915 on the base has
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    on the base, around the primer has
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    Thanks!!


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    The grips on this late war Type 94 Japanese pistol have the same design on both sides. I saw this at the Ohio Gun Collectors show last year and bought it on a whim. The gun shoots and probably not very collectable but I like the homemade/trench art grips! Unfortunately no history of who brought it back.
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    Not gun related, but I have some of my dad's "trench art" that he painted on a Merchant Marine ship during the end of WW2. He said there was a supply guy on the ship who was always drunk and he got pieces of heavy canvas from him and painted these. I don't know where he got the paint and brushes. The tiger is a print, the other two original. He said the Indian's face was a friend of his on the ship. I never heard of the term trench art until on American Pickers.








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    From an 1864 Confederate Civil War camp site.

    From top left:

    Unfired .58 caliber Enfield type bullet, carved .58 bullet, bullet made into tompion to keep rain out of rifle barrel, and poker chip made from flattened bullet at bottom.

    Civil War soldiers spent many boring hours in camp, and the bullets were soft and easy to carve.



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    Nice. Not exactly trench art but these are from the Waterloo battlefield. The pipe bowl is English and the musket ball is French. When I lived in Belgium some friends took me out to the battlefield and gave me a private tour that included of some of the main sights but also a lot of things that aren't on the regular tours. Pretty neat.
    Afterwards they took me over to a friend of theirs who lived in the village of Waterloo and was an amateur historian/archaeologist that specialized in the Napoleonic era. He explained everything about the battle to me, tactics, troop positions, weather, etc., and gave me these as souvenirs.
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    My farther in law was on a LST in South Pacific and brought these home with him.
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