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Superb 60 Squadron Trench Art Tobacco Barrel - Click for the bigger picture

Superb 60 Squadron Trench Art Tobacco Barrel

Made from laminated timber almost certainly obtained from a propeller hub from a squadron aircraft, complete with a close fitting lid surmounted by a brass knob. When lifted the interior retains strong and aromatic smell that exudes history! To the front is a hand made copper shield engraved 'No 60 Squadron' and below a detailed image of what we believe to be an SE5/SE5A with which 60 Squadron was equipped with from July 1917 onwards. In March 1918 the assigned markings were changed to 2 white bands painted on the fuselage immediately in front of tailplane. ‘A’ flight also carried A to F painted behind the fuselage cockade so it reasonable to assume the original owner was with ‘A’ flight. The shield engraving features these bands, an ‘A’ flight code and on the tail fin serial nos A 190 so research may reveal the actual aircraft depicted. Below the aircraft engraving is ‘RAF’ and ‘France 1918’. Seeing the RAF were formed on 1 April 1918 this, and the fuselage markings, would indicate this barrel is from or after this date. It also comes with some intriguing provenance. When we purchased it in 2005 we were told it was captured as a war souvenir by a German soldier when Moreuil airfield near Amiens in the Somme region was overrun, having only been abandoned hours before after anything of use to the enemy had been set on fire. 60 Squadron had an illustrious war with Captain W.A. Bishop receiving the Victoria Cross for his solo attack on a German aerodrome and of course Ace Albert Ball VC, DSO, MC, served with 'A Flight' of 60 Squadron in 1916. I have owned this unique artefact in my collection but now after 8 years it is time to find it a new custodian. Measures 7” tall (18 cm) and is 5.5” diameter (14 cm)