Trench Art Brooch | Blue Spitfire Plane | Martin de Ruyter

These stunning Spitfire brooches are all one of a kind, handmade and hand painted by Photographer and Artist Martin de Ruyter in Nelson, New Zealand. Layered with historical meaning and symbology, each piece of wearable art has been created in the tradition of Trench Art by repurposing .303 calibre bullets - the same calibre that was used in WW1 and WW2. 

Martins’ late grandfather James (Jim) Fisher taught him how to shape a three pence coin into the shape of a spitfire fighter aircraft. When Jim was 15-years old he would make brooches from English three pence coins during tea breaks from making real spitfires for the RAF in a factory near his home in Swindon. Jim met his future wife working in the same spitfire factory, where she too was employed during World War II and when courting, no doubt gave her a sweetheart spitfire brooch. Buy one for your sweetheart as an extra special gift, or buy a few so that they can fly in formation!

Trench art is the production of pieces of art made by soldiers, prisoners of war, or civilians where the manufacture is directly linked to armed conflict or its consequences. It offers an insight not only to the feelings and emotions of their makers about the war, but also their surroundings and the materials they had available to them.

This fantastic range is available in other colours and as cufflinks, available online: Here
Size: 3cm Nose to Tail, 2.7cm Wingspan
Material: Hand painted Brass (repurposed Brass Bullet)

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