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Item no. C300.103
Franch WWI, 1914 (Cross) 1918 (Inert Shell)
Dimensions: 1.9 inches high, .8 inches in diameter at the base.
We love that our trésors have years of wear, years of prayer. If only these "ballers de prièr" - prayer bullets - could talk. French soldiers in World War I created these artifacts by hand, by literally using ammunition casings to create sacred pieces of art, plentiful during WWI. Also called "trench art," soldiers would use them for prayer and devotion in the trenches. This particular piece commemorates has a few antique elements that make it quite unique:
1. A WWI German shell serves as the handle of the letter opener. It has the inscription S67, which signifies the cartridge case alloy, 67% copper; P which signifies it was made in at Werke Magdeburge, a German ammunition factory; and 1 and 18, which signifies it was made in January 1918. It was fired by Germany onto French soil.
2. An original World War I German 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class medal attached to the letter opener in the center. There is light wear to the finish at the high spots of the Imperial crown, the central letter “W”, and “1914” date in the lower arm. "W" for the respective kaisers of Germany/Prussia, Wilhelm I or Wilhelm II.
Dimensions: 9" x 1.75". Free shipping within the U.S., plus free gift boxing
Complimentary Gift Boxing is included on all Trésor Bleu Orders. A reusable box, tied off with a white grosgrain ribbon. An information sheet of known origin, date and authenticity is included with every order. Trésors Bleu are meant to be gifted, even to yourself. A complimentary gift box is included with every order. Shipping within the U.S. is free with all orders. Trésor Bleu ships worldwide.