Trench art was a special genre that came to be quite popular during WW I. Bits and pieces of battlefield scrap were taken and fashioned into useful pieces of art that were highly prized by German soldiers and people on the Home Front. Much of it was produced by front line troops, or wounded soldiers engaged in physical therapy during their hospital recovery time. To a lesser extent some of the scrap was returned to Germany where jewelers and other craftsmen turned the battlefield scrap into highly-desirable jewelry coveted by German women.
Today we are offering a letter opener constructed from an artillery shell driving band. The letter opener is made from brass and measures 9″ overall. The handle measures 4 ¼,” the Iron Cross measures ¾,” and the blade measures 4.” Both handle sides reveal clear evidence that it originated from a driving band. The Iron Cross was carved from the driving band. The same is true for the blade, which has been smoothed into a highly-serviceable blade that is perfect for opening letters.
It would make a wonderful accessory for your desk. It also makes opening all those unpleasant bills a bit more enjoyable!