Trench Art

HOW IT STARTED Soldiers transformed battlefield objects into objets d'art; thanks to the Internet, they're being traded

JUDGMENT CALL It's beautiful, bizarre, and can be worth a bomb

Californian Jane Kimball never planned to write a book or start a website. But one $15 engraved brass vase inspired a collection of more than 700 pieces and the pursuit of the stories behind them. The vase--originally a 1915 German artillery shell--is an example of trench art, mostly produced in World War I but still being made in Kosovo today. It has recently taken off as a hot commodity and subject of...

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