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France Trench Art WW1 Lighter Salonica White Tower Venizelos 1914 1920 Macedonian Front Greece Army of the East

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France Trench Art WW1 Lighter Salonica White Tower  Venizelos 1914 1920 Macedonian Front Greece Army of the East

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US$400.00


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FRANCE: Trench art, WW1 era, brass petrol 
lighter with themes related to the Army of the
East, the Macedonian Front, Thessaloniki or
Salonica in Greece and Eleftherios Venizelos.
Dated 1914 - 1920.
Obverse: Thesaloniki (Salonica) and the 
White Tower, the iconic symbol of the city.
Reverse: Eleftherios Venizelos
Salonica hosted the HQ of the Allied Forces 
(Greek, French, British, Italian, Serbian and 
Russian) on the Macedonian Front during 
the Great War. It was also the "capital" of 
the "State of Thessaloniki" (also known as 
the "Provisional Government of National 
Defense") a parallel administration, set up 
during WW1 in Northern Greece by former 
Prime Minister Eleftherios Venizelos and 
Officers of the Hellenic Army. The "State of 
Thessaloniki" entered the War on the side of 
the Entente in opposition and rivalry to the 
official Royal Government in Athens which 
maintained Greek neutrality (the Greek King,
Konstantinos I was married to Sophia of 
Prussia, sister of Kaiser Wilhelm II and held 
since 1913 the rank of Field Marshal of the 
German Army).  In Jun. 1917, the Entente 
Powers forced Konstantinos I to abdicate and 
Venizelos returned to Athens as Prime 
Minister of a unified country until 1920. 
Venizelos had such profound influence on the 
internal and external affairs of Greece that he 
is credited with being "The Maker of Modern 
Greece" and is widely known as the "Ethnarch".
A scarce patriotic lighter. 
Diameter: 44mm. 

WW1 1914 - 1918

Item 100% original

Condition as on the photos: The lighter doesn't 
spark – it needs flint change.

GREAT ADDITION TO EVERY COLLECTION!
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Product Code04436
ConditionUsed

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