WW1 Trench Art of Caduceus Symbol and Cross of Lorraine
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Here we have a large trench art shell with the medical Caduceus symbol and the Cross of Lorraine in on the opposite side. This is one powerhouse of a piece, and I can't even imagine the war machine that needed a shell this size. The embossed forged symbols have a major presence, and the Caduceus is not a common finding on a WW1 trench art shell. If only this military artifact could talk. I guarantee you the story will be intense. Standing in a corner, you'll have a presence, thick as thieves.
Here is some info on the Caduceus courtesy of Wikipedia:
The caduceus is the traditional symbol of Hermes and features two snakes winding around an often winged staff. It is often used as a symbol of medicine, especially in the United States.
The WW1 trench artwork came out of a collector's estate in Iowa. I was told the piece likely originated around 1913-1914, and likely was produced by someone in a medical unit.
The antique military artwork stands around 15" tall, and the diameter measures around 4". There is patina from age throughout. The rare medical art is a bruiser with some good weight to it. Please see all pics as they are part of description.
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