Trench ware candlesticks, 1914-18
These candlesticks were made during the First World War by Thomas Read of Church Street from spent shell cases.
World War One trench art was not only created by soldiers during the actual campaigns in Europe, but also by local residents of the surrounding regions after the war.
“Trench art takes many forms, from the simple etching on a bullet casing to the more elaborate carved and shaped lamp stands and vases. The most common pieces are ashtrays, picture frames, lamp stands and vases, although the range of objects created was wide and as varied as the personalities of the soldiers themselves. Some of the more obscure objects were shoe horns, tankards, helmets and even a full dinner setting for eight hammered from the brass of spent shell casings.” (from http://www.kitwood.com/ World War One Trench Art)