Fantastic find. A set of weights I found on a Black forest clock. AMAZING!

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  1. ANTIQUECUCKOOCLOCK.ORG

    ANTIQUECUCKOOCLOCK.ORG Registered User

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    Coolest clock weights I ever saw. I just unwrapped these and they were a total surprise. These I would consider trench art.
    At first I thought they were just a delightfully unusual set of clock weights, but exploring a little I realized they are (around) WW1 and measure 38mm, German artillery rounds. Still loaded (with projectile) and re-purposed as clock weights.
    I am just tickled with these.

    STAMPED: 1917 PATRONEN FABRIK KARLSRUHE, From the munitions factory in KARLSRUHE.
    Just a stones throw from the Black forest.

    Oh if they could only talk.. :)

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    Here they are on a clock.
     
  2. MartinM

    MartinM Registered User

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    I spent 2 years in Karlsruhe. My streetcar went all the way through town and into the Black Forrest.
    And when I decided to take the Yamaha, instead. Oh what fun!
    I really miss that place.
     
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    Interesting find! It appears the shells have been pressed to make the design. Cool.
     
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    Well I've seen a fair amount of trench art but never clock weights, they are just great!!
     
  5. MUN CHOR-WENG

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    Another example of trench art is shownbelow.

    The small 30-hour clock is supported by materials made from shells used most probably in the battle of Verdun in WWI. The inscription found on the base allows it to be traced to its British origin and was made in 1918.




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  6. rmarkowitz1_cee4a1

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    Ditto that comment and others.

    Just a wee bit of a digression for the unitiated.

    "Trench Art" is a form of folk art traditionally thought of as being created from spent bullet and shell casings by soldiers in the trenches of WW I trying to dispell the hours of boredom between battles and gassings.

    Actually, folk art created from casings and other found objects by soldiers and POW's dates back to at least the Napoleonic Wars and as recently as Viet Nam. And I'm sure it's still being created by soldiers in the Middle East today.

    Those weights are fantastic!

    I too have posted a clock as well as an ashtray, probably WW II vintage, on the MB. You can find that thread by searching my profile.

    See this website for some great stuff: http://www.trenchart.org/

    If you go to "Other types of trench art" and click on "clock", you will see an example that will blow you away, no irony intended.

    Enjoy.

    RM
     
  7. Tinker Dwight

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    After WWII, a lot of surplus stuff was used for various purposes.
    When I was a kid, we had a lamp that the base was made from
    a large shell case.
    I do like the way they refashioned the brass on your weights.
    Tinker Dwight
     

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