(Edit: I originally titled this story "A Christmas Wedding", because that's when Vesta McCurry and her soldier sweetheart were married. But read on - the story developed some interesting twists after I originally posted this!) WW1 trench art engraved on 1918 France 2-franc coin: ("Souvenir [of] France") [for] "Miss Vesta McCurry, Hartwell, Ga" I've had this World War 1 trench art piece in my box for a year or two. Was just photographing it and getting it ready for listing on eBay when I decided to do a little sleuthing on its backstory, which, as often happens, proved to be interesting. This literally unique piece tells the story - a love story - which led to a Christmas wedding 99 years ago. Vesta Pearman (neé McCurry) was born November 7, 1892, and died at age 80 on September 15, 1973. This coin was obviously given to her by a soldier sweetheart or relative who served in France in 1918, during World War I. And that person was almost certainly the man who would become her husband: Howard Gloer Pearman (b. July 22, 1892, d. March 3, 1958), as his veteran's grave marker shows he served as a sergeant with Company F, 21st Infantry, 3rd Division in World War I. They were married on Christmas Day, 1919, in Hart County, Georgia, and were together for over 38 years until his death. Both were buried in Hartwell. They had one daughter, Vivian Pearman Lewis (b. January 8, 1922, d. December 27, 1999). Isn't that neat? I love it when these stories come to light. Sometimes they're tragic, sometimes heartwarming like this, and often both. This is not the first time a WW1 trench art piece on a French coin has revealed an interesting backstory to me.