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Trench Art - BULLET SPOON

From the Collection of Sunshine and District Historical Society Incorporated HUNT CLUB, 775 Ballarat Road, Deer Park 3023. SUNSHINE LIBRARY, Hampshire Road, Sunshine 3020. Victoria

Description
Chrome plated teaspoon with a discharged .303 bullet for the handle.
Size
14.5 cm (L) X 3.2 cm (W) X 1.3 cm (D)
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Object Registration
1979
Keywords
trench art, bullet spoon, .303 bullet, stewart noble, war souvenier, chrome teaspoon
Historical information
This piece of functional Trench Art was made by Stewart Noble during World War 2 (circa 1940) while serving on a Mine Sweeper among the Pacific Islands. It is believed that the bullet spoon was chrome plated after the war, while he worked at the Government Aircraft Factory.

Trench art is described as any decorative item made by soldiers, prisoners of war, or civilians where the manufacture is directly linked to a war. The making of trench art was a popular past time during leisure hours at the front, where skilled military personnel created the items. Common examples of trench art are decorated shell and bullet casings, and items carved from wood and bone. Trench art has been in existence since the Napoleonic wars however it was most common during World War 1, and to a lesser extent during World War 2.
When Made
Circa 1940
Made By
Stewart Noble
Significance
This bullet spoon has historic significance because it is an example of the type of functional or artistic small items, that were made from war scrap during spare time by soldiers or other personnel associated with a war. This particular item indicates that a reasonably high degree of skill was required to make the bullet spoon.
Last updated
3 Mar 2017 at 10:12AM