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Object Name Knife
Object ID Number 2016.11.46
Description 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.
Date likely 1916
Subjects Art objects
Buttons
Shells (Ammunition)
Trench warfare
World War I