|Object ID Number||2016.11.46|
Trench art knife, circa 1914-1918. Letter opener style. Made from bullets/shell casings. Blade has a main point, with two smaller points at the top. End of blade as a four-pointed cutout. Handle cone-shaped and has a relief of a crown, which was made from a German uniform button. Etched on one side of the blade is "VERDUN", which most likely refers to WWI's Battle of Verdun in Verdun, France (February 21 - Dec 18 1916).
The term "trench art" was coined during World War I to describe decorative artwork produced by soldiers, prisoners of war and civilians during or in response to times of armed conflict or its aftermath.
World War I