Lot 727 View Catalog
Lighter,WWI Brass Trench Art Lighter Eagle Shield
Construction: Assembled, screwed
Features: Trench art lighter, brass with Eagle holding branches and arrows it its talons, on flip side depicts a shield with semi circle wreath and stars on top. The lighter has a standard size flint. There is a screw cap covering. This is a very well-made lighter, made from three pieces of brass assembled to form the fluid cavity.
Period: Range 1914- 1918
Provenance: James and MikiMangan
Size: 2.25" L x 1.50" W
Weight: 1.3 oz
Condition: Very good.
History: Matches were used by soldiers to find their way in the dark. But the intense initial flare of matches gave away their position too easily, and many lives were lost because of this. Hence, the need for combustion without a great initial flare was born. Inventors started improving the design of lighters and by 1918 when the war ended, they were able to be produced somewhat easier.
Meta: Lighter, brass, tobacco, trench art, WWI, war, eagle, military