TMB Art Metal, Luxury Gifts and Accessories Passchendaele 100 Centenary Poppy Pins

TMB are creating for the RBL a limited series of 60,083 poppy pins – one for every British soldier killed at Passchendaele 1917.

A masterful combination of aesthetic and symbolic appeal, the Poppy Pins will form a fitting tribute to every son, brother and father who lost their life fighting for their country, and are being crafted to recognise 100 years since the Third Battle of Ypres Passchendaele, Belgium. An official Royal British Legion project, the pins will be a flagship fundraising item for the charity in 2017.

The materials used to fabricate the pins are what make them truly special, being crafted from British shell fuses salvaged from the Passchendaele battlefields, thereby turning metal forged for the purposes of war into silent tributes commemorating the British soldiers who died at Passchendaele in 1917.

The bright golden coloured brass pins are finished by a spot of red enamel in the centre of the poppy, and this too pays silent tribute as it contains a small amount of earth recovered from various key locations involved in the Battle of Passchendaele, fought from the 31st July to 13th November 1917. The enamel applied to the green leaves also has finely ground earth added, and in this way each pin possesses the essence of the battlefield in its making – the very ground the soldiers of 1917 fought upon, died upon, and that many still lie at peace beneath.

 

Each pin is accompanied by a Royal British Legion Everyman Remembered certificate naming it to a soldier who lost his life at Passchendaele. For us this is one of the most profound accomplishments of the poppy pins – that these men who died a century ago fighting for our freedom, who’s names may not have been brought to mind for decades, are now being remembered again.

TMB’s Christopher Bennett personally collected shell fuses and the earth from Passchendaele, with many additional fuses coming from farmers in the local area, unearthed whilst harvesting crops in the peaceful fields that now form the site of the former battlefield.

The pins are available through the Royal British Legion online Poppy Shop priced at £39.99, all net proceeds benefitting the charity, and can be obtained here


2016 RBL Somme 100 Centenary Poppy Pins Film


For more information about the Passchendaele Poppy Pins, please download our PDF Here

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