Wednesday, April 7, 2010


Vetcraft Shops of Toronto, Canada
Q: We have a very old hammered copper vase. The mark on the bottom is a triangle with a half sun and a fist holding a hammer. Any help would be appreciated.

A: Your copper vase was made by Vetcraft Shops of Toronto, Canada. This was one of several workshops set up by the Department of Soldiers Civil Re-establishment in Canada to provide jobs for disabled veterans of World War I. Vetcraft Shops were in business from about 1919 to 1925. Other workshops made furniture, toys, and the poppies that were given out on Memorial Day.


Anne Martin said...

Interesting info, but please note, in Canada our day of thanks for the sacrifices of veterans of all wars is called "Remembrance Day", and we still wear poppies every year on and around November 11th.

The wearing of poppies was inspired by Canadian poet John McCrae, a medical officer in both the Boer War and World War I, who wrote the immortal "In Flanders Fields", commemorating the deaths of thousands of young men who died in Flanders during the horrific battles there.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Anne - I was going to make the same comment. Lorraine (Toronto)