French WWI Prayer Ammunition- "St. Mihiel - 1918" French 37mm Hotchkiss
Item N°. MD-1114D
Trésor Bleu Exclusive - Antique (more than 100 years old) France, c.1918 (World War I)
Original WWI US Trench Art 37mm Shell & Projectile. Worked to commemorate the Battle of St. Mihiel - First major U.S. Battle in WWI fought by - American E.F. and 100,000 plus French troops commanded by U.S. Gen. Pershing. The shell head stamp is marked "37-85" (37 mm design model 1885) P.D.Ps (the "s" is underscored), 286 1.18 [flaming ordnance bomb]" which stands for French manufacture "Parc d'Artillerie de Place, Paris", the "286 is a manufacturing number, 1.18 is the date of manufacture - "January 1918". This is a deactivated 1-pound Hotchkiss shell worked into a rare piece of historic art. The shell is all brass standing 3-5/8" tall w/a 1-3/4" diameter base. The projectile is lathe-turned cone w/double rings of copper 3-3/4" long x 1-5/16" diameter. Combined & assembled the total height is 6-3/8". The interior could hold items, but is charged and rough.
St. Mihiel has enormous religious and political significance as it saved France from domination by the Germans. Symbolic 4-leaf clover (representing faith and luck) are also engraved into this piece.
Approximately 1 pound.
This "Baller de Prière" makes a perfect travel piece, or journey-through-life piece. All trésors are custom wrapped for gifting and shipping is free within the U.S.