Antique Scrimshaw and Whaling Items
Inventory ID: 17040
A Napoleonic period Prisoner-of-war bone game box dated 1811
Dated examples are extremely rare. This wonderful set includes 55 hand cut cow bone red and black inked dominoes (double nines), a pair of dice, three chips and six cribbage pegs in red and natural bone. The underside of the sliding lid has a pencil inscription reading " Sarah ? ? 1811." The dome top box has a cribbage board surround. A few minor losses to the underside of the games box. Historical note: Throughout the Napoleonic Wars from 1793 to 1815, more than 122,000 French prisoners were held in English prison camps and aboard prison ships. They were allowed one pound of meat rations per week, usually in the form or cow or pig bones. They then used the left over bones to create fabulous items including ship models, game boxes, etc., which they could sell to the local towns people. This is one of those examples.
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