Detailed Trench Art Vickers Model. Machine Gun Corps. Thiepval-pozieres,1916.

Detailed Trench Art Vickers Model. Machine Gun Corps. Thiepval-pozieres,1916.

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Detailed Trench Art Vickers Model. Machine Gun Corps. Thiepval-pozieres,1916.:

In accordance with FIREARMS POLICY I declare this is an ornamental model and is not a firearm or weapon, nor is any part thereof capable of being used as such. Any ordnance used in its construction is both mutilated and inert.

TRENCH ART. According to Dr. Nicholas J. Saunders in his very informative little books which are available on , 'Trench Art' is the evocative but misleading term applied to a vast and dazzling array of objects made by soldiers, prisoners of war and civilians from the waste of war and a host of other materials. He also states 'most objects were made in the safer rear areas by blacksmiths, the Royal Engineers and service personnel'. The term 'Trench Art' is therefore misleading because the vast majority of it was never near a trench. It was mostly made with what we would call 'crude' tools but they were the only tools the craftsmen of that period had and they knew how to use them with great skill. They also had mobile workshops with lathes, forges etc which enabled them to make more elaborate and sophisticated trench art. I confess I'mno expert on 'Trench Art' but it surely only requires abit ofcommon-sense and a little study to see what I mean. Genuine collectors will understand entirely.

Please look at my pictures closely. This gun would need no more than a few basic tools to make. There might be bits scavenged from old machinery, ordnance or equipment but there was a vast abundance of scrap brass to choose from. It is certainly not made to scale sothe actual skill is putting all the small pieces together and then soldering them. Not a great feat for skilled engineers, carpenters or other gifted men from the Victorian era who joined up in their tens of thousands.

The last 2 pictures are not part of this sale. They are of an incredibly well madeWHEELED VICKERS GUN which I'll be listing next Tuesday 26/02/13. It is very big and weighs almost 4 kilos and has lots of extras. A truly handsome piece.



A very detailed brass model of a Vickers machine gun with ammo and water cans on an oak base.

It has a brass plaque with applied badge or button of the Machine Gun Corps and is stamped 'THIEPVAL, POZIERES, 1916'.

The rear sight can be moved as can the cocking lever. The gun can be elevated or lowered using the screw and all three legs can be adjusted separately. The ammo can has a hinged lid.

It at the highest point and is approx9 1/4inches wide X6 1/4 inches deep. Thegun is approx8 inches long. It isquite heavy at approx 1200g unpacked.

Condition isvery goodwith just afew slight marks commensurate with its age and there are some darkened areas. I would normally polish this up a bit but the patina is quite uniform so I'll leave well alone. I had to clean the plaque up a little as it couldn't be read.

There are felt pads under the base to protect surfaces.

Please study the pictures which are part of the description.

Postage andpackaging. I try to be very fair with postage costs and don't even consider charging buyers for packaging etc. However, postage costs at scource have escalated greatly so please be aware of this and recognise that this is not my fault. If I mistakenly overcharge by any great amount I will refund the excess when I return from the Post Office. I also try to package all items sold with the greatest of care but somehow the infamous Royal Mail elephant sometimes sits on my parcels. This means that insurance is imperative and accounts forover half of the postage costs.

International Postage. As you can see, the costs to ship overseas are absolutely scandalous. To adhere to the strict rules for buyer & seller protection from Paypal, I must provide a tracking number, insurance and 'signed for' delivery. To achieve this, I will post by Parcelforce 'Global Priority/Express' or sometimes Royal Mail 'International Signed For' if under 2 kilos weight.

F.Y.I. My dad, Bill Stephenson served under Montgomery of El Alamein fame and in some of my sales you’ll see I've added a photograph of the famous general (later Field Marshall), inspecting an RHA guard-of-honour. My dad is second-right with Monty looking right at him. Dad loved all things military and started collecting ‘trench art’ in the 1940’s when it was not a recognized or popular pastime. He continued until his death in 1997 and amassed a huge amount of items but in the late 1980’s he became very particular about what he wanted to keep and swapped or sold hundreds of what he considered to be inferior items, using the proceeds to buy pieces that he really wanted. He was very keen on anything with a regimental badge attached and also anything to do with guns. Some pieces are amazing and some, in my opinion, just bizarre but all are, of course, unique.

I started selling this collection off, bit by bit, about2 yearsago as neither I, nor my siblings had any interest in it and it was just lying wrapped in newspapers inside old Royal Navy packing cases in the loft and garage of my late parents’ house. Since then, for some strange reason, I’ve started to develop a greater appreciation of trench art and have even displayed some pieces in my own home.

My sisters and brother don’t share my new-found interest and I am compelled to continue selling this collection off. I’m not really unhappy about this as the few items I have sold have gone to different parts of the world and the buyers appear to be genuine collectors who really appreciate the items. To date, three pieces have gone to museums and one buyer from the USA remarked that he was “delighted to have acquired a piece of the ‘Stephenson Collection’! Dad would have really liked that description.

Having increased my knowledge of trench art over the last 2 years by reading the available literature and searching the internet, I am now aware that my dad’s collection has some exceptional pieces, some of which I have to sell, but if I can, I’ll keep some items myself and have recently bought some mirror-back display cases to show them off to best effect. I'm not keeping them out of sentiment but because I can see how great they are and I hope other collectors do too.




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