Trench Art



2015-06-26 10:29:59

Trench art can describe any piece of art that was constructed either by soldiers and/or prisoners of war, or using war materials such as bullet shells, helmets, belt buckles, fuse caps, and much more.


Brief history and description

The term "Trench Art" was specifically created to term folk art that was created by soldiers who were trapped in the trenches during the first World War.

Items that were crafted by the wives and/or girlfriends of soldiers who were fighting in a war are also considered to be Trench Art.

Guide for collectors

Trench Art from World War Two, or Trench Art that was created by a Jewish POW during the Holocaust is considered to be both rare and valuable among collectors.

Wooden box Trench Art which was created by French prisoners during the Napoleonic Wars are considered to be the most rare.

Restoration of a Trench Art item is not recommended.

For more information regarding Trench Art, visit My Armoury or the UK Trench Art Site.


Rago Arts and Auction Center in Lambertville, New Jersey sold a bezaled mixed metal decorated Trench Art piece with a WW1 era bronze shell case (11" in height) for $550 in September of 2011.

J. Greenstein + Company, Inc in Cedarhurst, New York sold a Trench Art Menorah (circa 1960s; Israel), much of which was made from large caliber bullet shells for $900 in February of 2012.

Bart Long and Associates Realty and Auction, LLC in Bristol, Virginia sold a WWII Japanese Trench Art helmet featuring hand-painted artwork and the words "Okinawa" on the front for $550 in September of 2009.

Cowan's Auctions. in Cincinnati, Ohio sold a Trench Art hanging letterbox (circa 20th century, U.S.) made of copper and salvaged materials from soldiers for $500 in June of 2006.

Burley Auction Group in New Braunsfels, Texas sold a WW2 Trench Art artillery helmet lamp for $50 in July of 2007.

Kimball M. Sterling Inc. TFL-1915 in Johnson City, Tennessee sold a pair of Trench Art vases (circa 1918) for $40 in January of 2010.

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