WWII Trench Art Brass Vase Made from 105mm M14 Spent Tank Shell Casing Kings Norton Mint UK
WWII piece of Trench Art made from a spent 105mm M14 Tank Casing. This awesome larger piece of Military art has a little historical significance which we learned from the estate owners. The owner of this item, a deceased Veteran brought the item back from overseas during WW2. He was a pilot. The large shell casing this came from was part of the famed Encirclement of Berlin. British and Soviets forces took over the city as one of the most significant battles on land.
Many of the 105mm shells we see were Howitzer mortars but this one is marked with the KN manufacture for Kings Norton Metal (Mint) in Birmingham. This manufacture was established in 1899 and was primarily a minter of coins and blacks until WWI when they were asked to ramp up supplies for the first war and later WWII. We have not seen many shell casings marking by Kings Norton.
The vase is beautifully crafted from the brass casing. It stands 13 1/8" tall and measures 5" across the widest point of the body. We have it shown in last photo with some silk florals and it makes a terrific display. The brass has a natural patina. We only did a wipe down and did not attempt to clean or polish. If you want this brighter you can use some copper/brass cleaner like Bar Keepers Friend and it will shine up nicely. This will go well with your gold and brass decors.
The markings on the base of the Trench Art are as follows:
Lot - GL-1-228 1945 KN-511-58 (King Norton Metal/Mint Manufacture Mark) 105mm - Size M14 - Tank Used During WWII KN-6-298-M2882 - Number on Hardware Bolt on Base