Carved wooden pipe : Boer prisoner of war

Place Africa: South Africa
Accession Number REL30526
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Personal Equipment
Physical description Plastic, Silver-plated Metal, Wood
Maker Unknown
Date made c 1899-1902
Conflict South Africa, 1899-1902 (Boer War)

'Oom Paul' type briar pipe carved in captivity by a Boer prisoner of war. The bowl of the pipe has been carved so that the coat of arms of the South African Republic appear in relief inside a circle, with the words 'ANGLO-BOER WAR 1899 190? MADE B(?) B-P-O-W' appearing around it. The stem is detached from the bowl.

History / Summary

This pipe was the property of the donor's father, but how it came to be in his possession is unknown. As he was a GP, it may have been a gift from a patient who had a Boer War connection.