Military Shadow Box

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Project by PuddlePirate posted 08-19-2016 02:59 PM 428 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So we had a Chief Warrant Officer retiring after 30 years of service so we wanted to go all out for his shadow box. We found the chest online and found it was from the 1890s. It was in bad shape so we had to work to re-finish and restore it to make the shadow box for the inside and hang the sword in the lid. The propeller and machinery cog is the symbol of this rating, or job in the Coast Guard which was made from a solid piece of wood. The inside of the chest was burned showing all of the units he was at and what his rank was while at that unit. The bear painted gold inside was because he was known as the “Golden Bear” of the Coast Guard.


-- Ethan

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#1 posted 08-19-2016 07:30 PM

My family handed down the exact same chest for years until it got sold at my mom’s auction. Nice job on the restoration.

-- Jon --Always remember, never live your life by a motto.

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#2 posted 08-19-2016 09:08 PM

This shadow box is a real beauty.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#3 posted 08-20-2016 01:29 AM

Thank y’all. Since your family had one, does the age sound right? From the 1890s?

-- Ethan

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#4 posted 08-20-2016 04:34 AM

Nice job!

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