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Trench Made Gas Alarm?

Started by Vpep , Jun 18 2017 04:43 PM

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#1 Vpep

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Posted 18 June 2017 - 04:43 PM

Hello everyone,

      I was lucky enough to stumble across what I thought was some sort of field made gong today.  The shell is completely undecorated and uses some sort of very old electrical or com wire as a suspension. The Shell is dated 1918.  I thought it might be trench art, but as can be seen, this is very utilitarian. I have seen some photos of shells being used as gas alarms, so its not out of the realm of possibility.  I would love some opinions on it.  I found it at a flea market for only a few dollars, so it has no history or provenance.  Any speculation is welcome

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Posted 18 June 2017 - 05:55 PM

It may be an alarm, but where are the dents?



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Posted 18 June 2017 - 06:06 PM

I'll try to post some pictures tomorrow of the bottom edge. It's a little deformed like something was rattled around inside.

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Posted 18 June 2017 - 06:08 PM

More likely it was a wind chime. The use of empty artillery shells was done during the Great War as gas alarms, but I doubt yours was one of them.



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Posted 19 June 2017 - 02:21 AM

You are probably right. It was just wishful thinking on my part.


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