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Saturday, 10 January 2015 00:00

Crafted with passion

The design of the unique and exclusive Centenary Flanders Fields Poppy Necklace 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. Artist Stephen Allen then created a sculpture of the poppy for TMB Art Metal of London to use as the model for the necklace.


The necklaces 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 the hand sculpted poppy designs.

Each necklace features a contrasting sterling silver backing plate on which the brass poppy is mounted upon an 18” diamond cut Belcher style silver chain. Each is engraved on their reverse with ‘1914-1918 Flanders Fields’ and is accompanied by a certificate of provenance and presented in a high quality case.

All income raised from the sale of the necklaces goes directly to The Royal British Legion and the important work they do in providing care and support to all members of the British Armed Forces and their families. The necklace is available exclusively from The Poppy Shop www.poppyshop.org.uk.