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Watch stand

Sailors' craftwork

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Collection Sailors' craftwork, Decorative art
Gallery locationNot on display

Object details:

Object ID AAA0004
Description A watch stand made in bone by prisoners of war confined in Norman Cross Barracks during the Napoleonic Wars. Many of these men were French seamen, but the prison also held other nationalities. Four pillars support a semicircular arch with a pierced screen decorated with two pairs of birds and a crown. This contains a compartment for a watch. The item stands on a rectangular wooden base, with bone posts at the corners joined by pierced bone screens. Presented to the museum by HM Queen Mary in 1934.
Date made 1811

Artist/Maker French Armed forces
Place made Peterborough
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Materials bone; wood
Measurements Overall: 200 mm x 150 mm x 96 mm
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