This is a most interesting desk piece. The base is fashioned to look like an artillery shell. It is actually made of stone rather than brass, and is painted. Set atop it is an actual fuze from a German artillery shell. All of the various numbers and markings by which the fuze would be set before firing are present. It appears that the fuze was an M-1896. The fuze lifts up. A small compartment sits below where small objects or a small ink well could be stored. Attached to the desk piece’s back is a horse shoe. The horse shoe remains a very lucky symbol to this day in Germany. Attached to the horse shoe are four hooks from which various items can be hung. It could be a most interesting way to display four medals! This desk piece has a lot of character.