Prisoner of War Cribbage Board
Portchester also had a daily market which operated in the morning until noon, except on Sundays. At the market, prisoners could sell handmade items to visitors, locals or one another. Some of the items which have survived include carved bone objects such as dominoes and playing cards, as well as more sophisticated pieces such as an intricate straw work box.
Prisoner of War Cribbage Board
We are proud to offer a mid-19th Century Prisoner of War (POW) handmade cow bone cribbage board. With a sliding draw section under its base (excluding cribbage counters) this item is well formed and a mark of great craftmanship. With individually hand carved legs, and detailed edge sections, a remanence of red decorative paint still visible on its surface. Over a
History: Unlike the prisoner-of-war camps of the 20th century, the prison at Portchester was not wholly cut off from the outside world. Prison life could be monotonous, but many prisoners used their skills and expertise to pass the time productively. They could find work in the prison cookhouse and laundry, while others helped in the hospital as medical assistants and orderlies.
Size in inches approx.- H 1” x W 6.5” x D 2.5”
This item is completely solid in structure and form, wear across surface and aged patina is present due to age.
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