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Army skittles for Martin and those interested

Discussion in 'Trench Art' started by Skipper, Dec 1, 2012.

  1. Skipper

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    In the French army the skittle is a gift from your comrades of arm yo uget the day you get your honorable discharge. It is usually a hand crafted skittle, either wood or brass and on which could be added insignias and souvenirs fro mthe soldiers career. The Skittle (quille) stems from the ship ''la Quille'' which sailed home ex-convicts from Cayenne, French Guyanna home. So when you get the "quille" it means you served your time and that you are going home.

    The following are not from my own collection but taken from the internet and both modern and older samples.


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    Which just goes to show that there's always something new to learn........
     
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    Skittles are quite easy to find at flea markets, because most people don't know what they are, except the obvious ones with insignias . You can usually find them for a few euros a piece and most of the time the insiginia on them is well worth the buy. Of course this depends whether you get an old model or not. When they are dated war area trench art , then it's bingo , but that does not happen every day.
     

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