Trench art was an interesting art form that developed during and after WW I. During the war it allowed those troops with time on their hands to fashion materials that were close at hand into a number of patriotic items, such as rings, vases, match safes, etc. It also allowed men who were wounded to do the same thing in hospitals or other places as they recovered from their wounds. As you examine some of these items, you can see the craftsmanship and attention to detail that were put into them. Today we are offering a trench art letter opener. This letter opener measures 10 1/8″ from tip to handle. The letter opener is made from a single artillery shell driving band. The letter opener has no inscription. What makes this example interesting is the time that was spent in fashioning the blade. Its tip is made to look like a sword, or even a pirate’s cutlass! It is a fine example of trench art.