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WW I Belgian trench art

Article about: Hi, I'm from Belgium and new to this forum. A while ago I found this on the attic. I guess it appears to be trench art from 1918 (battle of Merckem) made by a Belgium soldier? It depicts a B

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    Hi, I'm from Belgium and new to this forum. A while ago I found this on the attic. I guess it appears to be trench art from 1918 (battle of Merckem) made by a Belgium soldier? It depicts a Belgium soldier stabbing a Prussian soldier with his bayonet. It appears to be made from a piece of bomb shrapnel.

    Can anyone tell me more about this?

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    Hi, and welcome to the forum!

    I have seen very similar knives before, with the handle made out of shrapnel. They were popular, commercially bought, patriotic souvenirs. They were popular on both sides.

    Cheers, Ade.

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    Thanks for showing.
    I have never seen one before.
    SteveR

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    Very nice piece - made from a shell splinter to be precise, not shrapnel (Sorry Ade) - I have a smaller letter-opener one in my collection. They are quite common, but seem more sought after than you might expect - yours is a particulalrly fine one and I have not seen one with the blade so well decorated. Like so may things these days, it seems that they are being faked but the repros I have seen are crudely finished - often with the handle still so sharp, it could not be used! No doubt this is the genuine article though.

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    hjalmar
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    very interesting.

    Thanks for your replies!

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