Presented here is a Dice Shaker made by French prisoners of war held in Britain during the Napoleonic era and dating to circa 1800. With carved, pierced and turned decoration this Dice Shaker features a coquilla nut base and a top section made of bone, probably Ox. A typical example of the type of small objects made by prisoners for sale in the prison markets. This was a practice encouraged by the government as it allowed prisoners to occupy their time and earn money, resulting in less unrest amongst the often very large numbers of men being held. Size: 3.1/8" tall x 1.5/8" across the base (approximately).
CONDITION: Excellent. Just one or two tiny nibbles to the crown shape top and the normal small minor cracks associated with antique bone items. Please see all photographs and as ever I am happy to send more and answer any questions you may have.
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