Lot 960 View Catalog
Trench lighter, WW1,brass, copper,1916
Material: Brass, copper,
Construction: Screwed, pinned
Marks: DEFENSE DE Al Verdun Un Ne Passe Pas ‚e
Colors: Brass, Copper
Features: WWI Trench Art Brass Copper Lighter 1916 Rooster & Soldier. World War I trench art lighter with a Rooster in front of a rising sun and the date of 1916 above the rooster‚e(tm)s back. The words ‚eoe LA DEFENSE DE VERDUN UN NE PASSE PAS ‚e are written around the circumference of the rooster side. On either side of the rooster‚e(tm)s leg it reads ‚eoe FLE URY THIAUMONT ‚e. The flip side of the lighter depicts a bearded soldier holding a pipe in this right hand with his rifle slung over his back. The words ‚eoe LE ‚e and ‚eoe POILU ‚e are on either side of the soldier‚e(tm)s body. At the bottom of the perimeter of this side it reads ‚eoe ON LES AURA ‚e.
Provenance: James and Miki Mangan
Size: 2 1/4 L x 1 1/2 " D
Weight: 1.5 oz.
Condition: in good vintage condition including a wick and the original screw-on wick cap. The lighter body appears to be made of brass. The center inserts of the rooster and soldier respectively appear to be made of copper. This lighter will shine up brilliantly, but we will leave that to the new owner.
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: Trench, lighter, war, WWI, brass, copper, tobacco