Wednesday, April 9, 2014
::Shrug:: I Don't Know....I Just Couldn't Leave It Behind! Is It A Paper Weight? Trench Art? A Vintage Toy? Maybe A Workshop Project? I Just Don't Know, But This Little WWI Tank Really Got Me. Status: Cute?
Can "cute" be used to describe a little toy tank? These things were the terror of World War One! But c'mon...look at this little guy. He ain't trying to hurt nobody! I found him at the Goodwill and just had to bring him home.
I've looked all over the web for another like this and came up empty handed. I tried all kinds of
search terms and nothing really worked. I have no idea what the story behind this might be. Part of it
looks hand made, like the copper wrapped wood body and copper turret and gun barrel. Then there
are the cast and machined aluminum sides that make up the tracks and side turrets that defy the idea
of this being hand made. All I know, it's old.
There's a couple of guns missing and empty holes where they belong and another mystery hole on the
bottom that looks like it had a screw in it at some time. Could this have been mounted on top of a
stand or...I don't know...a trophy? That would be weird, right? A Tank Trophy?! But it don't look
like much of a toy. There are other toy tanks out there that I have seen on the web, but they usually
have moving treads or wheels to make them a bit more mobile and therefore, fun. This doesn't look
like it'd be much fun...but it certainly is interesting!