These artillery shells were fired during WWII by an American 105mm Howitzer.
The 105 mm M2A1 (M101A1) howitzer was the standard light field howitzer for the United States in World War II, seeing action in both the European and Pacific theaters. Entering production in 1941, it quikly entered the war against the Imperial Japanese Army in the Pacific, where it gained a reputation for its accuracy and powerful punch. The M101A1 fired 105mm high explosive (HE) sem-fixed ammunition and had a range of 11,270 meters or 12,325 yards, making it suitable for supporting infantry.
Trench Art was made by soldiers in the trenches or behind the lines. They made the designs with their bayonets and rocks as gifts for their wives, mothers, sweethearts, and most of these wonderful items were made during WWII. These memorial Shells are probably made just after the war somewhere in Holland.
These two pieces of elegant and masterful artwork are transferred into beautiful vases. The vases are decorated with a landscape scenery, a typical Dutch Mill, swallows and trees.
The shells are in good condition, but show minor signs of due to age and using.
The base of the shells are marked: