Friday, 17 April 2015

107/365: O is for ... the Officer's Cap

So far this year my decluttering efforts have been focused on the things I want to get rid of.  All very necessary as there is so much that needs to go, but this month I'm having a bit of a change and will be looking at the special items I want to keep.
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Ced collected lots of examples of original trench art from WW1 but this officer's cap is one he made himself from a shell case and a button from a military uniform.  He made quite a few for friends and also one that he donated to the Tank Museum at Bovington.

This is what he was working on just before he lost the ability to use his hands and is the last one he managed to finish. I'll treasure it forever and when I'm gone, one of my nephews wants it so I know it'll stay in the family and continue to be loved.


  1. This is beautiful, but it has such a sad story. So sorry to hear he lost the use of his hands. That little cap is definitely something to hold onto. I didn't realise there was such a thing as trench art, but I can see why there would be. All that waiting around in the mud, having a project to take your mind of the immediate reality must have been quite carthatic.

  2. It's a lovely thing and I can certainly understand why it will remain a treasure in the family

  3. Just beautiful - never seen anything like it before.
    Treasured item - and the story is sad but also a lovely memory of his artistic talents.
    Have a good weekend, Eileen.

  4. I have never seen anything like this, how beautiful!
    I can quite understand why you would not part with it and I am glad that your nephew would like to keep it in the family. It is very special and I love the story that goes with it.

  5. Very interesting design and story behind it! I am glad that a nephew wants it so the story of it and who made it will continue to live on!


  6. That's exquisite. I'm always in awe of people who can turn their hand to this kind of thing.

  7. Beautiful, and so full of meaning both as trench art and because of who made it. Your nephew should have a copy of this blog with the Officer's Cap so that he can pass it on to later generations. Would it be possible to put it into a shadow frame together with the story so it can be hung on the wall and be on show all the time? Don't forget to use acid free paper when you write - real vellum or parchment would be best with archival ink... but you already thought of that didn't you

  8. That is a treasure to enjoy. Definitely on the keeper list.