First World War Commemorative jewellery: From artillery shell to shirt sleeve

With Armistice Day coming up on 11th November we’ve found the perfect example of how metal can be recycled in surprising and innovative ways.

The Royal British Legion has commissioned the design and creation of commemorative Poppy shaped jewellery in memory of all those who lost their lives in the First World War.

The range includes Poppy Cufflinks and a Poppy Pin. However, what sets these commemorative pieces apart from the rest, is the metal which was used to create them. Both pieces – crafted by TMB Art Metal – are made from the solid brass of original artillery shell fuses found on First World War battlefields.

What makes these cufflinks and pins even more special, is the fact that every single one is unique, due to each one is hand sculpted using the traditional “lost wax” method of melting and casting.

A typical brass fuse cap

The design itself is based on a real, 100 year old dried and flattened poppy from Private Len Smith’s diary – Private Smith, a veteran who lived until 1974, plucked the poppy from No Man’s Land in 1915 and preserved it in his illustrated diary.


Pictured: Front/back of Poppy Pin and Decorative Box © The Poppy Shop

The commemorative jewellery was first released in June to coincide with the 100 year anniversary of the start of the First World War, and we think they would make a great present for someone special, with Armistice Day just around the corner.

Pictured: Engravings on Cufflinks and Decorative Box

Pictured: Engravings on Cufflinks and Decorative Box © The Poppy Shop

All in all we think this is a great product. Not only is it a fine example of how metal can be reused and transformed into something completely different to its original purpose, but it’s also a great way for The Royal Legion to raise funds for a good cause.

All money raised from cufflink sales goes directly to The Royal British Legion to support British Armed Forces and their families, past, present and future.

There’s limited stock, so if you’re interested in purchasing these cufflinks, please visit The Poppy Shop.

The Metal Store



Twitter: @TheMetalStoreUK


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