KOREAN WAR TRENCH ART: THREE BRASS RELICS FROM THE US MARINE CORPS & UN TROOPS OCCUPATION OF PYONGYANG, 1950-1953 Various sizes

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Lot 107
KOREAN WAR TRENCH ART: THREE BRASS RELICS FROM THE US MARINE CORPS & UN TROOPS OCCUPATION OF PYONGYANG, 1950-1953
Various sizes

US$ 800 - 1,200
£ 640 - 960
KOREAN WAR TRENCH ART: THREE BRASS RELICS FROM THE US MARINE CORPS & UN TROOPS OCCUPATION OF PYONGYANG, 1950-1953
Comprising:
1. A cast brass ashtray with 1st Marine insignia and three Korean dragon designs around the lip, lettered, "Marine Corps Birthday ... November 10th ... 1775-1953 Korea."
2. A cast brass belt buckle inscribed "Pyungyang" with a Korean bird symbol and Korean block characters; together with a sheet hand-made Trench Art brass belt buckle in the style of a US serviceman's buckle engraved with a diagonal bayonet-mounted rifle in between inscriptions of "Korea" and "Happy New Year 1953."
Provenance: The War Museum.

Trench art from the Korean war is especially rare, given the flux of the conflict and the difficulties of creating art in temperatures well below zero. The "Pyungyang" belt buckle refers to the UN capture of Pyongyang in 1950: the only time in the entire Cold War where a Communist bloc capital fell to the armed forces of their opponents.
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