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Trench Art. By the Diggers and for the Diggers

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2 views of a coal scuttle made from an artillery shell by a Western Australian soldier in WW1 A 1922 Australian penny coin mounted on a shell
These 6 photos show the enormous amount of work that went into some trench art. Some soldier has started with an artillery shell case and a hat badge to make this reproduction cap.

Pressed Penny slouch hat

  • Pressing a penny into the shape of the Australian slouch was first done in Engineer Field Workshops during WW1. They immediately became popular as mementos, souvenirs and trade goods.
  • After the war they were manufactured and sold as fobs and keepsakes.

Ashtray made from a 105mm shell with cigarette rests made from bent pennies.

Wood impression of an enemy soldier from the 4th Battalion 121st Regiment

Letter opener made from fin of Japanese bomb and an unexpended bullet.

Jewelry box with RAR badge (KC) circa 1950

  • WWII Japanese naval officer's cap made from a Jap 90mm brass shell case with original Jap navy anchor & chrysanthemum badge.


  • Engraved "216 DRM Regt Buna 42-43. "

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