USA WW2 era unique trench art letter opener made from shell fragment; engraved Major Roy W. Lonsinger, 1945


Original WW2 US trench art letter opener; a unique historical piece in excellent condition. FREE SHIPPING WITHIN THE U.S FOR THIS ITEM!

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WW2 US trench art letter opener; a unique original historical piece in excellent condition.

Very cool-looking WW2 era presentation letter opener made from a large piece of shell shrapnel that was reworked and intricately decorated on both sides of the blade. Looks like this letter opener was gifted in the Liege region in Belgium to Major Roy W. Lonsinger in 1945. Mr. Lonsinger has served in World War II AND in the Korean War and retired with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel (US Army). Lt-Colonel Lonsinger passed away in 1999; his last resting place is Arlington National Cemetery.

The gunsmith-level engraving is simply spectacular; whoever engraved this cool piece was a talented engraver. This unusual and undoubtedly unique letter opener is in excellent overall condition. It is about 7” / 17.8 cm overall; polished blade is about 5″ / 12.7 cm; no edge dings, the tip is intact. This WW2 US trench art letter opener was part of the diverse collection of militaria items that I’ve recently purchased spanning from WW1 to the War in Vietnam. This personal collection contains many interesting items, some are unique, but there is just too much work to list it all at the same time. Please check out my site periodically for new arrivals; I’ll be listing more items in the next few weeks.

These are the actual photos. I have a number of vintage American-made collectible knives in the store, please take a look at the store’s American Blades section. Also, please don’t forget to check out our Militaria section for other WW1 and WW2 era combat knives, including German WW1 era trench knives, vintage USAF WW2 Pilot Knives and a couple of nice WW2 era 3rd pattern FS daggers available for sale.

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Weight 1.1 lbs

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