1993.1113.2 Shell Case, Trench Art, WWI

Decorated Shell Case Vase

Voluntary Aid Detachment Nurse, M Langston, brought this shell case back from Europe at the end of the War. She commissioned it from Theobald Eilken who was at the British Field Hospital doing odd jobs as part of a German prisoner of war working party. The poem reads: “When the Golden Sun is sinking / And your mind from care is free / When of others you are thinking / Will you sometimes think of me?” It is a traditional poem that was used with the sweetheart pincushions soldiers made as part of their convalescence. (1993.1113.2)