World War I trench art brass artillery shell casing, embossed with figures of two Art Nouveau ladies in negligees. Circa 1914-1920. Size 27 inches length x 3 1/3 inches diameter. This shell was never fired and retains its original projectile point; it was originally re-fashioned as a lamp. It is meticulously embossed all over with flowers and adorned with the figures of two Art Nouveau style young women, scantily clad in negligees. Millions of shells were fired from heavy artillery guns during World War One, and the spent and unused brass shell casings were recycled, during and immediately following the war, and remodeled into works of art, such as vases, bowls, lamps, etc. This example is unusual due to its large size and the fact that the projectile point is still intact. The holes at the top were drilled and threaded to accommodate scrolling arm electric light fixtures, and it would have been supported on a base. The complexity of the design and fittings suggest that it was probably created by civilians after the end of the war as a commemorative piece.