Posted 17 October 2004 - 08:01 pm
Knockaloe camp on the Isle of Man was used to house POWs and internees in WW1 and WW2, and these bone carvings are typical of the stuff produced. The fact the writing is in English suggests one of two things, either they were made specifically to trade with guards, or sell to locals (they did have markets for POW-made articles), or they were made by internees, who may well have been English speaking.
As you rightly point out, these are NOT Boer War - POWs from this war were shipped to St Helena or Ceylon, not the Isle of Man !!
£100 is probably not that bad a price either - pity they don't mention the camp or dates, but guess you can't have everything !!