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Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by MosinT53Hunter, Oct 5, 2019.

  1. MosinT53Hunter

    MosinT53Hunter Member

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    Well, this one is interesting. Local flea market usually has some interesting things, and i have never come across one around here like this. Maybe trench art, maybe not, but its interesting all the same. :)


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  2. horsemen61

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    Awesome!
     
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  3. indy1919a4

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    Thats killer trench art... love it
     
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  4. MosinT53Hunter

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    Thanks. For $5 bucks, I couldn't pass it up. :)
     
  5. Slamfire

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    Based on web research, I think I have this right:

    DE C = Canon 75 de Campagne (75mm field gun)
    ASCo, A.S. Campbell Company Inc. USA.
    28L 17 = 28th lot of 1917

    So you have a WW1 75mm shell. It could have been sold to France, because we were the major foreign supplier to France, Britian and Russia during WW1. It could also be a shell made for the US Army, but that would take more research to determine if the stampings are US military. What I saw were similar stamping on a French made shell.

    And yes, it is trench art. That is a very neat piece, some poor French Poilu (harry one) possibly made this, an expression of his artistic ability, and boredom


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    Or, it was an American. The bird on top a shield has more than a passing resemblance to the e pluribus unum symbol of the US.

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    This one, was made by Italian POW's at the Lords burg Prison Camp, New Mexico.

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  6. MosinT53Hunter

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    Thank you for the great info. I just got home from a long day at the sale (ice cream vendor for my group).
    Here is a close up picture of the only inscription on it. I cannot not find any other markings on the sides.

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  7. Slamfire

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    Made en route: Made along the way. That sounds American to me.

    This e pluribus unum eagle is on my 1850 Infantry Officer's Sword. This sword was made in Klingenthal France and sold to the US Market during the American Civil war.

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    The resemblance of your eagle to these eagles highly indicates an American association.

    Maybe the rose is a Texas Rose. Does not have to be, but it could be a state symbol. Or it could be a nice flower.
     
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  8. MosinT53Hunter

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    Very nice. :)
     
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    Made on the troop ship on the way home at the end of the war. :) My grandfather served with the 333rd Engineers under the Iron General in WWI, building hospitals in France.
     
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    That is awesome!!! Perfect for any man cave or living room if the wife allows!!!
     
  11. BWS

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    That is pretty durn cool! Nice find.
     
  12. DocRock

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    En Route home makes sense. On the way there can't see where one have gotten hold of a French 75.
     
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    Way cool!!
     
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    Can someone help me out as to how the brass was sculpted so? How did the trench artist - or in this case, perhaps veteran returning home - actually accomplish that , practically speaking?
     
  15. indy1919a4

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    Oh you struck gold, As I see it you have the perfect trench art for your self, then come mothers day or anniversary you fill it with flowers and boom you have not forgotten the ladies in your life.. And yet you have a cool historical manly piece.. I will give you 6 buck right now after that talk up :)
     
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  16. indy1919a4

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    Viddy well Oh my brother..



     
  17. indy1919a4

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    Do love those French Sky Blue uniforms..

    although the Blue & red is neater..

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  18. commygun

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    What a great find. Thanks for sharing it. eBay has pretty much eliminated those kind of flea market/garage sale finds.
     
  19. JTHunter

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    That is a very unique find ! Congratulations.
    From the looks of it, it might be large and heavy enough to use as an umbrella stand. Put a wet umbrella in it and you don't mess up the floor. The "spouse" will appreciate that !
     
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  20. FlSwampRat

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    Holy killer find, Batman! $5???? Good on you, great find!
     
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  21. 460Shooter

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    That's really cool. Definitely worth $5.
     
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  22. Shanghai McCoy

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    You "hit a lick" on that one Sir. :thumbup:

    Edit: And I meant that in the good way as at an auction getting a good deal...:)
     
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  23. Equestrian

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    Neat find. History like this is especially cool becuase it wasn't say "rock island" or "lake city" or some other faceless entity that made it but someone, an actual individual sat and hammered it out.

    Plus it's so hard to find a hidden gem anymore the internet has ruined a lot of the good "junk" shopping, everyone thinks their stuff is diamonds plated in gold and priceless.
     
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    I'm trying to talk my city's little museum into allowing me to clean and preserve an array of WWI relics that they have on display. This includes a Krag rifle, an array of bayonets and munitions, uniform bits and pieces, and a number of examples of trench art much like the example shown above.
    So far, no luck.
     
  25. MosinT53Hunter

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    Yah. The people I bought it from are an older retired couple that doesn't use the internet for their stuff, they sell it out of their back yard in the town near by, sometimes i see them set up in parking lots or like here at the flea market. I was very surprised I even got it for the price they had on it.
     
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