I confess I'm no expert on'Trench Art' but it surely only requires a bit of common-sense and a little study to see what I mean. Genuine collectors will understand entirely. Please look at my pictures closely. This model would need no more than a few basic tools to make. There might be bits scavenged from old machinery, ordnance or equipment but there was a vast abundance of scrap brass to choose from.
It is certainly not made to scale so the actual skill is putting all the small pieces together and then soldering them. Not a great feat for skilled engineers, carpenters or other gifted men from the Victorian era who joined up in their tens of thousands. PLEASE SEE MY OTHER MACHINE GUN ITEMS. STUNNING TRENCH ART MODEL OF A VICKERS MACHINE GUN ON TRIPOD. All brass model machine gun on a copper plate base.
The gun has a moving cocking lever and the rear sight can be raised or lowered. There is a working elevation screw to further position the model. It has a detachable tripod which is fully adjustable. There are two attached'ammo' boxes which were probably designed as trinket boxes with hinged lids and applied MGC buttons.
Applied brass WW1'Machine Gun Corps' badge and brass plate stamped: M W (probably makers initials), 1917, FRANCE. 303 totally inert bullets (brass plugged) as feet with felt applied. The model is approximately 11 1/2 inches long by 9 inches high by 7 inches wide. The actual gun is 9 inches long.
Condition is extremely good but there are places that couldn't be cleaned and polished and there may have been restoration or repairs to the model in the past, but these are not noticeable in any way. The detail suggests the maker was a soldier familiar with the actual gun, more so than a civilian or other.
Please study the photographs which are an important part of my description. They include an additional photo of all three guns I have listed for sale.The item "STUNNING WW1'MACHINE GUN CORPS' VICKERS GUN ON TRIPOD. 1917" is in sale since Sunday, November 4, 2018. This item is in the category "Collectables\Militaria\World War I (1914-1918)\Trench Art". The seller is "itajim" and is located in N.
This item can be shipped worldwide.