German prisoner’s bone carvings

Inscription on the bone carvings

Title: Inscription on the bone carvings
Description: Submitted by Elizabeth McDonagh by-nc

Submitted by Elizabeth McDonagh

Before the First World War, my husband’s aunt, Miss Violet Murrell of Selby, was being courted by a young German called Walter. When the war started, all ‘enemy aliens’ were incarcerated and Walter lost his liberty. While imprisoned, he carved these objects using bones from the prison kitchen. Were they meant to be spill-holders? He sent them to Violet’s parents, the ‘Mr and Mrs Murrell’ named on one of them, as a gift.

Detailed decorative carving

Title: Detailed decorative carving
Description: Submitted by Elizabeth McDonagh by-nc

Front and reverse of bone carvings

Title: Front and reverse of bone carvings
Description: Submitted by Elizabeth McDonagh by-nc

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