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WWI Trench Art - Artillery Shell Lamp Needs TLC

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    I just got this today and I love it. Risqué dancing girls, butterflies, flowers and - I think - a dove of peace? It has some Sharpie writing on it (cursed thrift shop protocol!), need some soldering of the 'arms' and I don't know what else. It's just dirty...

    But it's amazing!
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    not really sure, wonder if it had candle holders before the light bulb fixtures were put on? maybe an India - British unit, just by the artwork? I don't know enough to say. Maybe some of the experts will help you out.

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    This is very different from the ones i have seen and have,

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    Hi Nina, that is great! The design of the dancing girl is similar to those found on later Art Deco bronze and ivory figures.

    Cheers, Ade.

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    Thanks for your replies. I agree that the imagery appears to have an Eastern flavor. Viewed in it's entirety, in person, I get a more Deco vibe.

    The women and their garb were reminding me of vintage photos and silent film depictions of exotic seductresses. My mind briefly flashed on Theda Bara as Cleopatra and then... I saw her.
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    The women and their garb were reminding me of vintage photos and silent film depictions of exotic seductresses. My mind briefly flashed on Theda Bara as Cleopatra and then... I saw her.
    ooooh matron !
    "The German Army is the perfectly adapted, perfectly running Machine. The difference is that the Germans are organised with a view to War...with the cold, hard, practical and business-like purpose of winning victories."
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