British artillery shell 18-pounder -1916
The obus is engraved with the shields of Belgium together with the national motto 'L'union fait la force' - (unity makes strenght) -as well as the words 'Nieuport' and 'Souvenir'.
The obus was probably made by a Belgian-French speaking soldier. During the defence of Nieuwpoort (Flanders) many English soldiers were killed in order to maintain access to the North Sea. At that reason I placed a badge (soil sample) of the Royal Artillery of Britain and the Commonwealth - UBIQUE - QUO FAS ET GLORIA DUCUNT -everywhere ...... whither right and glory lead.
Measures: height: 32 cm
diameter: 8,5 cm
weight: 1,3 kg
The shell is one or the 'canon de 105 mle Schneider', a French artillery piece used in WW I.
This howitzer grenade was carved to show in glass a waiting lady looking out over the sea expecting the return of her loved one.
Measures: height: 39 cm
diameter: 10 cm
weight: 2,8 kg
The Battle of Neuve Chapelle (10–13 March 1915) took place in the First World War in the Artois region of northern France. Its principal cities are Arras, Saint-Omer, Lens, and Béthune. (32 km western from Ypres)
The Battle of Neuve-Chapelle was the first major attack launched by the British Army, recently emerged from the rigours of winter in the trenches and reinforced with fresh troops, since the beginning of the war.
The British losses in the four attacking divisions were 544 officers and 11108 other ranks killed, wounded and missing. German losses are estimated at a similar figure of 12000, which included 1687 prisoners.
The glass decoration in the obus shell shows the farewell of the soldier and his beloved as well as a sweetheart brooch with the mention Neuve-Chateau 1915-16-17. On the other side of the obus is a beautifully carved rose. The English 18-pounder of 1917 has a light inside.
Measures: height: 29,5 cm
diameter: 8 cm
weight: 1,3 kg
More than 100 years ago, soldiers from Australia and New Zealand landed at Gallipoli (Turkey), which marked their entrance into the ‘Great War’.
The troops of both countries came to Flanders for the first time in 1917, to take part in the bloody Battle of Passchendaele.
Every 25th of April, ANZAC-Day, lots of ceremonies take place in remembrance of all Australians and New Zealanders who served and died in World War 1. So in Polygon Wood, Flanders…
At Buttes New British Cemetery, a ‘Dawn Service’ at 04.30AM is held every year to honour them. This is about the time men of the ANZAC approached the Gallipoli beach.
This artillery shell, from the French factory Pinchard Denys (Paris), is beautifully decorated with original trench art.
I handcrafted a small panel of stained glass with poppies to lighten up the obus.
The whole was finished with a original button of the WW1 Australian Military Forces.
Measures: height: 38 cm
diameter: 8 cm
weight: 1,7 kg