Trench art chrysanthemum vase : Sapper S K Pearl, 5 Field Company Engineers, AIF

Accession Number RELAWM14161
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Trench Art
Physical description Brass; Copper
Maker Pearl, Stanley Keith
Place made France
Date made c 1918-1919
Conflict Period 1910-1919
First World War, 1914-1918

Trench art chrysanthemum vase made from a brass French 75mm shell case. The top of the case has been shaped to flare out and has a scalloped upper edge. Attached to the loewer centre front of the vase are a brass British Royal Artillery cap badge with a brass French Artillery button beneath it. Flat copper handles are soldered to each side of the vase. The base of the shell is impressed, '75 DEC C872L 15 C'.

History / Summary

This vase is part of a collection of trench art made by 6756 Sapper Stanley Keith Pearl, a Tasmanian who served with 5 Field Company Engineers, AIF. He enlisted for service on 9 November 1915 and returned to Australia on 21 March 1919. Pearl subsequently moved to Canberra where he was employed as a carpenter at the Australian War Memorial. He supplied the following information about the chrysanthemum vase, 'Made at Thy-le-Chateau from a French 75mm shell-case and embellished with the Royal Artillery badge and a French artillery button. The shell-case was souvenired from a French battery south of Villers-Bretonneux, while the handles are 1-inch copper steam pipes split down and flattened out. The latter were purloined from a German locomotive which formed part of the Armistice indemnity and were removed at night with a hack saw in spite of a guard.'