Two pieces of World War One trench art have been discovered during a recent house clearance carried out by Totally Cleared. One piece is from the Royal Warwickshire regiment, and the other is RFC (Royal Flying Corps).
Both pieces are brass artillery cases, that have been etched into by what we believe to have been an early airman on the front line. They were discovered at the bottom of a cupboard, hidden beneath Jigsaw puzzles, old newspapers and other household items.
The larger piece stands 29cm tall, and is from an 18lb artillery shell, and is date stamped 1917. It has been etched with the Royal Warwickshire regimental badge and a flowing leaf and branch design.
The second, smaller piece is from a 6lb artillery shell, 21.5cm tall, and is date stamped 1918. This one has been etched with the RFC (Royal Flying Corps 1912-1918) regimental badge. It also has the flowing leaf and branch design, making us believe that they were done by the same person.
In need of some cleaning, the pieces remain in great condition for their age. In this the 100th anniversary of the start of WW1, it is very poignant that they have been found in this year.
Due to the immense social history that these pieces hold, they will be kept by us, and not sold on or auctioned. This will allow our staff to look at them, and for their children to take into schools for use as an educational tool.