The base of this pincushion which was made to commemorate the end of World War I was hand carved out of soup bone. The pincushion itself which is cranberry red velvet was securely inserted into the opening of the top. I am guessing by the style of carving and also the outcome of the war that it was made in France. There is a shield with the dates 1914 1918 out of which are growing intricately carved beautifully full blown roses and their leaves. Perhaps these roses represented hope for the future and relief that the war and all its devastation was finally over! They look like climbing roses along a hedgerow...a better image than the ever present barbed wire that snaked through fields during the war. It is 3" tall, 2.5" by 2.25" at the bottom and 2" by 1.5" at the top. There are some pin marks in the velvet from use but is otherwise in very good condition.
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