Today I saw an interesting piece of trench art for sale. It was an ash tray with a lighter made from a .55 boys round standing up in the centre. The tray was on three “legs” made from .45 ACP cases headstamped “REM-UMC 45 ACP”. On the bottom, someone had scratched some Cyrillic writing in by hand along with a date in 1949. I can’t remember exactly what either said. I should have taken a photo. There was a British badge and a badge with the Czechoslovakian 1920 coat of arms (see image) attached to the Boys round.
The origin of this piece of Trench art is strange, as it was made from British and American cartridges, had Cyrillic writing on it, had a coat of arms from a country that used the Western alphabet, and a date of 1949. I didn’t buy it as it was too expensive, or otherwide I would have.