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WWII Trench Art pendant necklace from New Guinea, 1944. Made by an Australian soldier, using the tools and materials at hand. A heart filed out of a threepence coin, framing the face of King George VI like a cameo. On the reverse, the soldier sanded the coin smooth, then engraved and dated the piece as a gift for his mum. The souvenir floats in a little pool of light, the face of which shows subtle bubbles and (grass?) marks. It is likely this was made with military issue resin/epoxy. The coin itself retains the deep and varied patina of trench grit, hovering still in this clear and clean, heart-shaped space. In very good condition. On a simple chain, with a decorative floral clasp. A deeply moving, and completely one of a kind piece of history.
Pendant is 45 mm / 1.75 inch tall
Chain is 46 cm / 18 inches