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WWII Trench Art, Working Shell Flashlight, dated 1943

Trench Art flashlight made from an original .50 caliper shell. WWII time frame. Marked DM43.  DM for Des Moines, 43 for 1943. And it works! Trench Art flashlight made from an original .50 caliper shell. WWII time frame. Marked DM43.  DM for Des Moines, 43 for 1943. And it works! Trench Art flashlight made from an original .50 caliper shell. WWII time frame. Marked DM43.  DM for Des Moines, 43 for 1943. And it works!

WWII Trench Art, Working Shell Flashlight, dated 1943

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Trench Art flashlight made from an original .50 caliper shell. WWII time frame. Marked DM43. DM for Des Moines, 43 for 1943. And it works!

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This is an original .50 cal shell casing from WWII time frame. Some cleaver person made it into a working flashlight. As you can see in one of my photos, it does work. It has a battery, but I don't know how old the battery is or how much life is left in it. I do find that for the light to come on, it depends on how far the end piece (where the bulb sticks out of) is pushed on.

The flashlight measures 5.25 inches long, or about the size of a penlight. The bottom is marked DM 43. The DM portion designates it came from the Des Moines Iowa ordnance plant, and the 43 designates the year of 1943.

I wish I knew how this flashlight came to be. Was it actually made by a soldier hunkered down in a trench? Were empty shells picked up and brought home for various items to be made out of them? Was it actually fired during the war? Was it actually overseas? These are questions we'll never know the answer to, but regardless, it's still a piece of history.

Delivery will be via USPS 1st Class Mail Parcel. Buyer to pay $4.60 delivery charges.

If purchasing multiple items, please contact seller. I'll be happy to combine shipping on all items.

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All items in my listings come from estate sales, garage sales, or various auctions. I do not know if they came from homes where smoking or pets were present. All items are sold in the same condition as when I received them.

Trench Art flashlight made from an original .50 caliper shell. WWII time frame. Marked DM43.  DM for Des Moines, 43 for 1943. And it works!
WWII Trench Art Flashlight
Trench Art flashlight made from an original .50 caliper shell. WWII time frame. Marked DM43. DM for Des Moines, 43 for 1943. And it works!

Trench Art flashlight made from an original .50 caliper shell. WWII time frame. Marked DM43.  DM for Des Moines, 43 for 1943. And it works!
WWII Trench Art Flashlight
Trench Art flashlight made from an original .50 caliper shell. WWII time frame. Marked DM43. DM for Des Moines, 43 for 1943. And it works!

Trench Art flashlight made from an original .50 caliper shell. WWII time frame. Marked DM43.  DM for Des Moines, 43 for 1943. And it works!
WWII Trench Art Flashlight
Trench Art flashlight made from an original .50 caliper shell. WWII time frame. Marked DM43. DM for Des Moines, 43 for 1943. And it works!