Woven cellophane belt : Corporal A W Pigram, 12 Garrison Battalion

Place Oceania: Australia, Victoria
Accession Number REL29262
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Heraldry
Physical description Bakelite, Cellophane, Cotton, Metal
Maker Pigram, Arthur William
Place made Australia
Date made c 1940s
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Belt made from folded pieces of clear cigarette packet cellophane wrappers woven together, with a bakelite and metal clasp. The clasp is in the form of a flower, and appears to have been made by recycling a larger item from which it has been broken.

History / Summary

Arthur William Pigram enlisted for the First World War, but did not serve overseas, due to a weak heart. During the Second World War he served as a corporal, with the service number V85701, in 12 Garrison Bsattalion in the Myrtleford / Bright area of Victoria, in charge of Italian prisoners of war. One of the Italians is said to have taught him to weave cellophane cigarette wrappers as a handicraft.