Trench Art; Sgt Leo Garry; 1914-1918; 2008_120_1-2


Trench Art

About this object

Example of 'Trench Art' in the form of an inkwell. Large horses hoof with brass engraved cover and inset with shell casing as the inkwell itself, including dial in brass and floral engraving on brass covering. Small copper horseshoe mounted above stand with shells attached to support pen (missing) and paper knife made from shell case and piece engraved copper. The piece represents the different forces, Army, Navy and Air Force. The hoof is from a WW1 horse which is said to have belonged to Major General Godley, Commander in chief of the 1st NZ Expeditionary Force. the shell that killed the horse was used for the inkwell, the engraving was done by a Prisoner of War. The piece was made by St. Leo Garry 33871, a blacksmith by trade, and served with the 21st Reinforcements A Company Auckland Infantry. On his return Sgt. Garry set up a blacksmiths shop in nearby Paparoa. This was donated by a relative of his, Mrs Edna Garry.


Sgt Leo Garry

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Date Made


Medium and Materials



18cm length x 13.5cm width x 14.5cm depth

Subject and Association Description

trench art WW1

Credit Line

Mrs Edna Garry

Object Type

trench art

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