Wwi Brass Shell Case Vase Bezalel Silver Damascene Jerusalem Palestine Israel
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Wwi Brass Shell Case Vase Bezalel Silver Damascene Jerusalem Palestine Israel:
This is the greatest Bezalel shell case vase ever made. I know that sounds like a "car salesman" statement, so let me explain...
This shell was decorated by the Bezalel School in Jerusalem circa 1918, in celebration of the liberation of Jerusalem by the British from the Ottoman Empire. First, pay close attention to the dimensions of the shell: this shell measures 11.6 inches high, 4.1 inches wide. There are no splits / cracks / repairs to this shell, it is in beautiful condition (I just polished it). These measurements are larger than normal measurements for Jewish decorated shells of WWI Jerusalem, because this shell is from the British forces; it is an "18 pounder", not like the typical Jewish decorated Jerusalem shells, which were done on German shells. From Wikipedia: "The Ordnance QF 18 pounder, or simply 18-pounder Gun, was the standard British Empire field gun of the First World War-era. It formed the backbone of the Royal Field Artillery during the war, and was produced in large numbers. It was used by British Forces in all the main theatres, and by British troops in Russia in 1919. Its calibre (84 mm) and shell weight were greater than those of the equivalent field guns in French (75 mm) and German (77 mm) service."
In the last 20+ years, I have had many Bezalel shells pass through my hands. I just purchased two Bezalel shells --- you can see them in the last two photos: the one offered for sale here on the left, and the other one (which has since been sold), on the right. Notice how much bigger and wider the shell I am offering for sale here is. I have never, ever, seen a Bezalel shell done on anything except a German shell. This decoration was done on a much larger British shell.
Second, please look at the complex, intricate decoration of the sterling silver Star of David with a copper and silver Lion of Judah inside it. As well as the entrelac bands of silver and dots of copper by the rim and base.
Unfortunately, most Jewish decorated shells that are described as "Bezalel" by antique dealers, are not. It's very simple: If a shell has the round Bezalel stamp in Hebrew, on the underside of the base, it is Bezalel (like this shell has). An exception to that rule is some Bezalel shells have the word "Bezalel" in Hebrew stated in the decoration itself. That is it. All other shells that have Hebrew writing or Jewish motif decoration that do not have the Bezalel stamp or the word Bezalel in the decoration, are not Bezalel (no matter what the seller says, as they are either ignorant or lying, for example, look at the listing of item number 371282737537 ).
Most Bezalel shells were decorated using acid, "acid etched". Some Bezalel shells have chasing. The few that have silver and copper inlay "Damascene", are very simple, just with entrelac bands and not much else. This shell with it's bold, in-your-face, two-in-one, Jewish symbols is an amazing find, and I challenge anyone to show me a better Bezalel shell casing in existence.