swagger stick, handmade

Catalogue number
  • EPH 1445
Department
Exhibits
Display status
IWM London
Materials
  • whole: metal
Dimensions
  • Pommel: Diameter 25 mm
  • Stick: Diameter 8 mm
  • whole: Length 617 mm
Alternative names
  • full name: swagger stick, handmade
  • simple name: TRE
Category
Weapons and ammunition

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An unusual example of First World War period trench art. The construction of this item evidently required the use of workshop facilities, and a goodly amount of technical skill. Moreover, there is every evidence of thorough planning -both in the way that the concept has been put into practical effect and, prior to that, in the acquisition of the varied elements of its construction.

Physical description

constructed from German cartridge case and bullets, and incorporating coins. The main body of this handmade swagger-stick is constructed from bullets -hollowed out so that the nose of one can be inserted into the base of the next. They are kept rigid by a metal rod passing through them, the tip of which can be seen emerging from the nose of the final bullet. At the other end of the stick the last bullet is inserted into a German 7.92mm cartridge case. This cartridge case is decorated with a silver German coin, which has been shaped and braised-on. The head of the stick is of near spherical shape, and is composed of a brass base, onto which two copper coins have been beaten. One of the coins would appear to be an English penny, showing the head of King George V. The other is French, being adorned with the head of 'Marianne'.

History note

An example of trench art utilising bullets, cartridge cases and coins.

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