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The main function of the military art collection is to reveal individual creativity by military men upon expended brass artillery shell casings and other materials.  Many designs were thought of while soldiers were in-between battles and these works on brass were made as souvenirs and for loved ones.


Trench art, a form of art made by soldiers of World War I & II.  The trench art displayed in this room are expended artillery shell casings and are made of brass, an alloy of copper and zinc.  Other objects include that of bronze, iron, wood, porcelain, and prints.


The expended shell casings were transformed into art by the soldiers in the trenches of WWI, hence the name, trench art.  This genre of military art is characterized by its subject matter rather than by any specific style or material that was used to commemorate battles or leaders. 


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