Trench-Art;

“ Trench art is any decorative item made by soldiers, prisoners of war, or civilians where the manufacture is directly linked to armed conflict or its consequences. It offers an insight not only to their feelings and emotions about the war, but also their surroundings and the materials they had available to them.” many people collect this Art form and have a good grasp of the history with plenty of different bits in their collections…


The above was found by Lee Proudley, 20 / 10 / 2019… adding another picture to the story…

Lee Proudley
Ok, so whilst digging today on what turns out not our field(it is now permission has been granted) I pulled this up. I thought it was a general service button. I noticed the suspension loop and hinge on the side. I gently opened it to find these photos intact. I was amazed. The lady who owns the field had come down in the morning and was explaining how her late husband’s parents and grandparents lived in a mud house in the field many years previously. I walked upto her small bungalow to show her. She opened the door and when I showed her she said oh my god that’s Walter, her late husband’s father! I have handed it to her to keep as I believe that’s the right thing to do and she’s showing the family next week. Really made my day to return it to her.


There are so many things that Trench-Art is made out of, & not just the metal items that have been lost or discarded that metal detectorists find… Anybody with an interested should have a look at various bits people have collected over time… Trench Art has an ever-increasing following due to the resurgent in the interest because of the centenary of the Great War…

With many websites & social media sites explaining & showing collections people have accumulated, not only here in the UK, but many Country’s, that were either associated with the commonwealth or were her allies, during the World conflicts…

Have a quick look at just one of my gifts, that i received before you read Bri’s Story, printed below…

His Story as told by “Trench-Art-Bri”

Trench-Art – the above explanation describes what it is, me, I first got interested in items I saw on eBay, so with a bit of research, I thought I will have a go at this. But not to tread on those brave souls making the items in the trench during the wars I call mine trench-art style, for the bits they made and the tools they had to make them with I come nowhere near with my efforts. I make them for fun and give them away as presents or barters or if somebody gives me something metal detecting related I like to give britasomething back, ie a bit of trench-art, the tools you need is a small drill bit, piercing saw, brita2needle files, wet and dry and metal polish and loads of elbow grease… To make things easy to understand first you get your coin, I prefer old big penny’s, like the pre-decimal’s, first, you drill some small holes in the penny then thread the piercing saw through the holes then start sawing. The blades are mega thin mine are numbered 1 to 6, you can get about 144 blades on eBay for about £4.00p, I break about 10 on each coin, when you have sawn out the section you want to remove, for the next step, use some needle files, before moving onto the next process, which is loads of filing, & then polishing… I can make a coin in about 6 hours, but now its old age creeping up I get cramp in my fingers so I have to give up after a few hours. I will 005 (2).JPGshow you some of my work, it’s not perfect but its something when you start you can put it down, ready to pick up and continue with later…

The two photo’s shown in this article that’s related to coins, show’s four heads that are cut out, each photo, is showing both sides of the coins, as in heads and tails;

thanks for looking Trench-Art-Bri

Below are the gifts i received from Brian, he has absolutely stunned me with these, all hand made, using coins & material contemporary with the time they would have been made…