This tool comes from the trenches of World War I, and was fashioned from scrap steel and wood by a soldier intending to use it for close quarters self defense. It was obtained from a private collection in the United Kingdom, and likely came from a soldier in France or England.
Boredom in the trenches often led to soldiers making improvised trench art out of whatever materials they could find, ranging from vases fashioned out of artillery shells to trench clubs made from scrap metal and wood.
A Certificate of Authenticity accompanies this item.
This wooden tool features a steel sheet wrapped around the top and pinned onto it with iron studs. These studs were added to make the item more effective when striking.
The item is in excellent condition, with expected light rust and patina for an artifact of this age.
The item measures 18.8" long and 1.9" wide.