Pencil fashioned from British .303" rifle cartridge

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Small lead pencil in .303" rifle cartridge impressed - near neck - with a crown and M. With imitation projectile cap of sterling silver. Part of contents of sweets tin No.H.19058.
CH classification DOMESTIC EQUIPMENT Writing Equipment (see also COMMERCE) pencil
CH classification ARMS & ARMOUR Ordnance ammunition breach loading
CH classification MILITARY Army battlefield souvenirs
CH classification ARMS & ARMOUR Ammunition, metal cartridge centre fire
CH classification ARMS & ARMOUR Ordnance bullet
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L76 x D12 MM
Weight: 14gm
Media/Materials description
Brass (Metals - Non-Ferrous; Pine (Woods); Graphite (Minerals); Silver (Metals - Non-Ferrous)
B.10 \ VII \ W
History and use
This bullet pencil comprises a .303 bullet shell with an imitation projectile cap made of sterling silver. A small lead pencil is inside the shell. The object is an example of trench art made during World War 1. It has been stamped with a crown and the letter ‘M’ on the neck. It is unknown who the maker was or where it was made.

Trench art is the name given to objects made from materials of war by soldiers, prisoners of war and civilians during and after armed conflict. Some items were made to be sold while others were made as personal mementoes.

The bullet pencil is one of several WW1 mementoes that belonged to Amy Lea Jenkyn (nee Moncrieff), whose brother John Bain Moncrieff was killed in France in September 1916.
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