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Commemorative Vases

Harry S Truman National Historic Site, National Park Service

Harry S Truman National Historic Site, National Park Service

Captain Truman sent this pair of vases back home from the World War I battlefield as souvenirs to Bess. They were common examples of "trench art." Spent shell casings were fashioned into vases and other commemorative items. Each shell is engraved with a flying heron over a pond, pine tree and clouds.
Vase: Spent artillery shell casing. Engraved above tree is "1918 Verdun." Head stamp markings read, "RH.M.F. 155 Dusseldorf Juni 1915," "ST," and "sp61."

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