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This is your chance to own an original piece of First World War history. These Flanders Field Grasp Lapel Pins are cast from brass, involving some copper artillery shell ‘drive bands’ that were used during the First World War. When the shell is fired the force behind it ‘swages’ the copper band into the spiralled rifling grooves of the barrel and against the walls forming a seal that prevents gases from blowing past, maximising energy and range. Importantly, the barrel’s rifling also spins the shell, the consequent gyroscopic effect making it more stable in flight, and more accurate.
Different sizes of copper bands are heated to around 1,100 degrees C, then some modern copper is added, plus zinc, turning the copper into brass. The brass is then poured into casting moulds and then remelted into grasp pins. Each pin is polished to give it it’s antiqued 100-year-old appearance. The design symbolises one man rescuing another from a mud filled shell hole, representing the RBL giving a helping hand to servicemen and women for over a century.
This pin is special for another important reason too. Incised into the back is a poppy, in its centre is earth from Essex Farm near Ypres in Belgium. Now a military cemetery, it was the site of a dressing station during the First World War. It was here that on 3rd May, 1915 Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae of the Canadian Army Medical Corps wrote his famous poem ‘In Flanders Fields’.
Each pin comes with a commemorative certificate, dedicated to a brave soldier who served and sacrificed during the First World War. Presented in a keepsake box, with a certificate of authentication.
Minor surface imperfections and flaws may exist in the Grasp pin due to the use of century old ex-battlefield metals and the handmade process for creating them, but such only adds to the item’s character, individuality and charm.
Designed by TMB Art Metal.
Dimensions: 3cm (H) x 1.1cm (W) x 0.6cm (D)
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