RAF Trench Art Tray 1943
We often purchase items of trench art but this little tray is several cuts above most of the examples we see. The tray is made from a heavy lump of brass and beautifully engraved to the centre is a perfect RAF pilots brevet. This is finely worked and unusually the wings and Kings Crown are picked out in silver, whilst the laurel leaves are in bronze. The edge fluting is also in silver as is the wording ‘Egypt’ and the date 1943. Judging by the quality of the work we believe it to have been made using WW11 battlefield scrap by an Egyptian craftsman and sold commercially at the local Souk as a souvenir for an RAF serviceman to take home as a gift for friends and family. We think it fair to describe it as ‘small but beautifully formed’ and would grace either an RAF or trench art collection. Measures 4.25” diameter (10.5 cm). If trench art is your thing we recommend you check out the fine Royal Tank Regiment example which was purchased from the same source which we are also listing today.