Walking stick carved by a Boer prisoner of war

Place Africa: South Africa
Accession Number REL37790
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Heraldry
Physical description Ivory, Wood
Maker Unknown
Place made South Africa
Date made 1902
Conflict South Africa, 1899-1902 (Boer War)

Wooden walking stick. Around the top of the shaft is carved 'BY A PRISONER. OF. WAR / GREAT BOER WAR / 1902'. The knob handle has broken off from the shaft and is inlaid with ivory in horizontal and vertical stripes, together with two horizontal stripes of ebony.

History / Summary

This walking stick was made by a South African (Boer) prisoner of war in 1902. It was was purchased by a British soldier serving in South Africa and is an example of the type of items made by prisoners to sell, or exchange for goods.