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El Alamein soldier's art
Old 04-10-2018, 06:56 AM   #1
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Default El Alamein soldier's art

This is a British 1940 25 pounder shell cut to size and made into an ashtray.
On front an engraving shows the cap badge of the Royal Regiment of Artillery.
At the back "Tel El Aisa" is written. It's probably "Tel el Eisa" misspelled, one of the battlefields during the battle of El Alamein.

Any thoughts on this piece? Would this be a period example of soldier's art?




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Old 04-10-2018, 11:49 AM   #2
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I dont think there is any way to be sure when or where it was made. Tel El Eisa and other similar names are retranscriptions of arab names, and so can be seen spelled several ways. I would say this alternative spelling vouches for authenticity.

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Old 04-10-2018, 12:58 PM   #3
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Very nice/interesting!
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Old 04-10-2018, 01:23 PM   #4
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Has a good chance of being period IMO
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thanks for your replies!!
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Old 05-10-2018, 06:19 PM   #6
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looks good !
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Old 05-11-2018, 09:19 AM   #7
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No obvious reason to doubt it is potentially period done.
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Old 05-11-2018, 07:56 PM   #8
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No doubts from me, I have a few pieces ex NZ vets from North Africa.

Great item and thanks for posting.

Possibly also done by a local Arab for the soldier, for a price.

Here are a German PAK shell case and an Italian arty case.
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Old 05-11-2018, 08:08 PM   #9
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Great stuff, to me this is real trench art done by Vet's. I have some WWI shells with peoples names, places, dates and unit's.
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Old 05-11-2018, 08:59 PM   #10
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Cool stuff!
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