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.