Trench art letter opener

Contributed by BBC Lincolnshire History Day

Trench art letter opener

I believe it was made by my great uncle Walter Furnish, most likely in the trenches during the Battle of the Somme in World War One. The handle is a .303 shell and the blade is probably spare metal from the battlefield. This kind of thing is known as trench art because they were made by soldiers in the trenches or prisoner of war camps. It's been in the family for years. Walter died in the 1970s and the letter opener was passed on by his wife.

Comments are closed for this object

Most of the content on A History of the World is created by the contributors, who are the museums and members of the public. The views expressed are theirs and unless specifically stated are not those of the BBC or the British Museum. The BBC is not responsible for the content of any external sites referenced. In the event that you consider anything on this page to be in breach of the site’s House Rules please Flag This Object.

About this object

Click a button to explore other objects in the timeline


The Somme, France




View more objects from people in Lincolnshire.

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.