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Napoleonic Prisoner-of-War Guillotine
- This impressive guillotine was made by a French prisoner of war during the Napoleonic Wars
- Exhibiting a remarkable level of detail, the model is hand-carved from mutton bone
- Prisoner of war models such as this are among the most coveted wartime artifacts on the market
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By many accounts, Napoleonic prisoners of war were confined to mostly makeshift prisons in old castles, naval dockyards and purpose built camps. Though treated fairly well, prisoners were typically kept in rather dark conditions and were not allowed to have objects that could be used as weapons, including tools. That means inmates would have had to create these amazing models using handmade tools made of whatever was available, including shards of glass for carving. Additionally, this activity was most likely done by candlelight. With this perspective, the precision and intricacy of this model becomes even more incredible.
7 5/8" wide x 10 1/4" deep x 18" high
With stand: 9 1/2" wide x 11 3/4" deep x 20 1/2" high