Friday, June 26, 2015

Between Battles 15: Decorative Coal Scuttle


Caption:  Decorative Coal Scuttle from the 4RAA Museum Collection     Photo credit: Jane Ryder
This intriguing item is an example of World War One trench art held in the collection of the 4th Field Regiment Royal Australian Artillery (4RAA) Museum at Lavarack Barracks in Townsville.

Caption:  Detail (view 1) of the Decorative Coal Scuttle from the 4RAA Museum Collection     Photo Credit: Jane Ryder
Caption:  Detail (view 2) of the Decorative Coal Scuttle from the 4RAA Museum Collection     Photo Credit: Jane Ryder
Hand made from an 18-pounder brass ammunition shell, and decorated with an Australian rising sun badge, this piece of trench art is a replica coal scuttle- a common and highly recognizable household item of the period. Smaller versions of this same design are sometimes called sugar scoops; similar-looking household items that also featured a short stand and a handle.

Unfortunately nothing is known about the creator of this object although this particular example is indicative of a common theme within trench art.  Soldiers often crafted household items that served to remind them of home.

This precious object formed part of the Between Battles exhibition and was recently displayed at the Townsville CityLibraries -Flinders Street Branch.

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