St. Mihiel: Grand Baller de Prière - WWI
Item no. PB02162
Trésor Bleu Exclusive, Authentic, Inert
c.1917 (World War I) - Authentic Antique Ammunition with hand-carved artwork commemorating the Battle of St. Mihiel.
Dimensions: 6.5 inches high, 1.5 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.
This particular piece has incredible historical significance from World War I. This piece was carved, by hand, in 1917 or 18 as a commemorative piece to the historic battle of St. Mihiel. The Battle of Saint-Mihiel was a major World War I battle fought from 12–15 September 1918, involving 110,000 French troops and American allied forces under the command of General John J. Pershing of the United States against German positions.
This iconic, unique piece is a 35MM armour piercing anti-tank round, and has etching at the bottom indicating the date: 1917.