2014 marked the centenary of the start of the First World War and saw a host of events taking place throughout the UK to honour the almost one million brave British soldiers who gave their lives in First World War. In commemoration the Royal British Legion have commissioned the design and creation of these beautiful Poppy Pendants to help us remember those who lost their lives in the First World War.
The unique and exclusive Centenary Flanders Fields Pendants have been created from the solid brass of original artillery shell fuses found on First World War battlefields. The shells have been melted down and cast using the traditional ‘lost wax’ method, in which each and every poppy requires a wax version, into a hand sculpted poppy design. The design is based on a 100 year old dried and flattened real 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. Each pendant is accompanied by a certificate of provenance and presented in a high quality case, with all income raised from sales going directly to The Royal British Legion to support British Armed Forces and their families, past, present and future. Whilst the golden coloured poppies themselves are made of historic WW1 metal, the backing plates they are mounted upon are of colour contrasting sterling silver, fitted with 18” diamond cut Belcher style silver chains.
Our Flanders Fields Poppy Pins have been lovingly crafted by TMB Art Metal of London from an original sculpture created by Stephen Allen.
Minor imperfections and subtle colour variations may exist in the Flanders Fields Poppies due to both their hand made nature and the re-use of century old metal, but such only adds to the item’s character, uniqueness and individuality.
First World War Poppy Necklace
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