The Straw Ark



  • £795.00
  • €903 Euro
  • $984 US Dollar

United Kingdom

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Prisoner of war straw-work ark
Dated from late 18th/early 19th century, the lift-off upper section decorated with doors, windows, and geometric motifs. Covered in wonderful straw work, encased in a bespoke glass diorama with brass supported sections.
Great Britain was constantly at war with France between 1793 and 1802. The Napoleonic Wars continued until 1815 when Napoleon's forces were finally and famously defeated at Waterloo. In 1796, the first prison to house French prisoners of war was built at Norman Cross, between Cambridge and Peterborough. Conditions were harsh and disease killed more than 1700 between 1797 and 1814. Prisoners were allowed to make ornaments and toys to sell in order to supplement their meagre rations. Many objects, some of extraordinary complexity, were made from materials including straw, bone and human hair.
Size in inches: H 9” x W 15” x D 7”
Origin: EU
Material: Wood and straw
Date: 19th Century Completely solid in structure and form without any breaks. Detail loss across the straw work detail as shown. We sell antique objects that have stood the test of time, in overall presentable condition, please take this into consideration when purchasing. Its exceedingly difficult to photograph all the areas, therefore we strongly suggest reviewing all the photos provided as part of this advert and proposing questions where sections are unclear or not seen to avoid disappointment.



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